When thinking of areas that may need focus for a school-aged child, one may think of reading, math, biology, or even, fitness, but we find that many do not intentionally prioritize strong social skills.
Why are strong social skills often overlooked, especially for children with ASD? We are not completely sure, but one possible reason is due to the time requirement and its overall priority. No matter the situation or tough times we are all going through, it is crucial that we all stay hypervigilant in ensuring the success of our children’s social shaping.
To have success with k-12 education there are three areas where it is important to have strong social skills –
Academics, Conduct, and Group Relations.
As a parent, we always want to ensure that the quality of any service we are getting for our children is of good quality. This should be no different for the ABA clinic and services your child is receiving. The question that can sometimes be hard to answer is “what should my expectations be?” It is important to know what you should expect when receiving ABA services.
Here is a list of things you should expect from your ABA Clinic and provider:
Empathy is a complex social skill involving verbal and non-verbal cues. For a person with Autism, this skill does not come naturally. These skills start to develop with typically developing children in their toddler years. Children with autism may need extra training and reinforcement to show empathetic behavior.
What is empathy and why is it important? Read more
Many questions arise when a family receives a diagnosis of Autism or a referral to receive ABA services. How do I find an ABA therapy provider and program? Who’s going to work with my child? What are my expectations? Am I going to be involved in this program? What is my child going to work on? We want to help you with what questions are good to ask and in general what a good answer to those would be when looking for an ABA provider.
Here’s a list of questions and things to look for when looking to find an ABA therapy provider and services for your loved one.
Thinking about the future for your child with a disability can be difficult especially when there is so much time and effort going into what needs to happen today or in the short term. Where to start with this process can be daunting.
Despite this, it is important to ensure that you start to plan for your child’s future as soon as possible. This will ensure that things like guardianship for children with autism are done in a timely manner as well as allow for more financial stability and protection of your child’s access to government assistance in the future.
Hegwood Law Group specializes in estate planning, guardianship, and special needs trusts.
We had the pleasure of being able to ask Kim Hegwood of Hegwood Law Group some questions regarding attaining guardianship and special needs trusts. Kim also has a child with a disability and has personally gone through the process of obtaining guardianship and planning for the future for her child.
Q&A with Kim Hegwood from Hegwood Law Group
We are so very excited to announce that Behavior TLC has earned a 3-year accreditation from the Behavior Health Center of Excellence! BHCOE audits all aspects of our company through data and on-site inspections to make sure we are providing the best ABA services to our clients. They also assess our abilities to hire and retain quality staff, provide an ethical and compliant work environment, and uphold the standards of excellence in our field. This accreditation helps us maintain the best business practices which benefit our clients. We want to thank our staff and our families for participating in the surveys and interviews that helped us to achieve our goals!