FAQs of The Behavior Exchange
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At The Behavior Exchange, we understand every child is different. But many parents have similar questions about their child’s behavior and how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we’ve heard from parents over the years. We hope you find this information useful and that you take comfort knowing you’re not alone.
If your child has an autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, language delays, behavioral issues, learning differences, and other special needs, please call us at 972.312.8733. There are no easy answers, but ABA therapy and techniques could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Does your child struggle to interact with their peers?
The Behavior Exchange’s social skills training teaches children how to interact with the outside community. Children learn specific rules and behaviors that are needed to successfully interact with others. A majority of children who undergo our social skills training will be able to attend school, go to the park, attend birthday parties and family gatherings, and have at minimum a basic set of social skills to demonstrate appropriate behavior.
Does your child not comply with simple commands after you have asked repeatedly?
One of the first skills we teach children when they enter our program is to comply. When a child successfully complies with a demand, we reward them for demonstrating the correct behavior while extinguishing refusal. Parents can have positive interactions with their child; for when a parent asks their child to perform a task, they can do it, and the parents can reward them. When a child learns how to be compliant, a family’s life becomes much smoother, easier, and a more pleasant process.
Do you feel like you have to constantly punish your child for doing something inappropriate?
The staff at The Behavior Exchange teaches families how to use positive reinforcement that promotes good behavior in their children. We offer one-on-one sessions with both parents and children. When a child joins our behavioral center, they can begin to improve their behavior, which enables them to learn skills in many areas and interact with others. They may also enjoy participating in many age-appropriate activities in actual, real-life environments.
Do you not take your child out in public because you cannot control their behavior?
This is a common problem among families who have children with autism or other behavioral issues, and can cause them to feel isolated. If a child’s behavioral problem is left untreated, the child can continue to get worse. We teach parents intervention techniques that can be used to curb a child’s inappropriate behavior while they are in public. You can have a happier family life when your child’s behavior is no longer dictating your family’s lifestyle.
Are your child’s siblings suffering from said child’s behavior?
Not only do we offer intensive behavioral training for children, but their families, as well. Siblings are encouraged to participate in our family-centered approach that can shape a child’s behavior for the better by helping parents be consistent with their parenting styles. We also encourage that parents make the same rules for every child in the family so siblings feel that the rules are fair and can begin to build a relationship with their sibling.
Does your child only eat certain foods?
This can cause strain on a family, especially if parents have to make a different meal for one child while the rest of the family eats a different meal. Through intervention, children can learn to expand their diet. Even if a family has accepted compromising their diet, it is always possible to teach a child to eat and try new foods.
Does your child not get enough sleep because they awaken during the night?
We can use intervention to maintain a regular sleep schedule. Parent training in this area can allow everyone in the family to sleep through the night.
Are you struggling to potty train your child?
The Behavior Exchange offers intensive potty training programs that can learn how to go to the toilet without assistance. Parents can save on expenses, such as diapers or pull-ups, and they can enjoy a cleaner and less interrupted environment. Since most schools require that children are potty trained prior to accepting them, parents can have a wider selection of schools from which they can choose for their child.
Can your child not communicate their needs verbally, and you have to guess what they want?
We use intensive communication and language training at The Behavior Exchange to help teach children how to communicate. We can also teach parents techniques on how to “require” language. Children can experience the freedom to communicate and choose what they want, while a family can enjoy frequent communication. Children also build a foundation that makes more complex communication and social interaction possible and much simpler.
Are your child’s behaviors odd or repetitive?
Child who demonstrate such behaviors are doing so because they do not know what else to do. Our staff can teach a child appropriate ways for them to replace said behaviors with more meaningful and typical activities.
Does your child have tantrums in crowds, when they hear loud noises, or when there is a routine change?
When change occurs, a child may become upset or confused. By setting up scenarios that involve change and teach a child how to deal with these issues, a child can begin to understand how to deal with changes when they occur.
Are you afraid to upset your child?
As a parent, you can shape your child’s behavior—children should not be able to shape your behavior. Through language and compliance training, children learn how to behave appropriately. We also teach parents how to change their child’s behavior by balancing the parent/child relationship.
Does your child not handle the word “no” well?
We can teach a child to accept “no” for an answer. Many children do not accept “no” well, but we can teach them that “no” means “no” and they must handle it gracefully and appropriately. It makes a parent’s job easier, and can help a child in many different situations.
Are you worried that your child is not going to learn how to read, comprehend information, write, or understand math concepts at the proper age?
Our B.E.E.S. program is designed to build a strong foundation in pre-reading/reading, pre-writing/writing, and pre-math/math concepts to ensure that they have the skills necessary to grow and learn. B.E.E.S. instruction includes one-on-one and group sessions, and we can train a child in a way so they can acquire information through various techniques. We also offer precision teaching, which allows us accelerate a child’s reading, writing and math skills through intensive, fluency-based instruction. Our staff will continue to raise the complexity levels of the material to ensure that a child understands information related to the problem area.
Does your child engage in recreational sports or activities like other children?
If your child cannot ride a bike, we can teach them how to do so. We can also ensure that children can interact on the playground, master basic ball play, and if they are interested in a specific sport or activity, teach them how to play said sport/activity. Children can learn to participate in partner, group, and team activities.
Does your child like new toys and learns how to play with them, or do they only accept certain types of toys?
We encourage children to participate and interact with many different types of activities and materials to nurture a love of trying new things and enjoying a variety of activities. Our staff can teach them the basic concepts that are universal to materials and activities for their age group. We can also encourage them if they have a special talent/talents and interests to help them become a well-rounded individual.
Can your family do activities that every member enjoys?
We at The Behavior Exchange can help families find activities that they mutually enjoy so everyone may interact with one another in a meaningful and fun way that promotes a strong, positive relationship.
Does your child play alone?
We build on your child’s interests and skills to ensure that they can be as independent as possible and occupy their time with appropriate hobbies and interests. This can allow family members to enjoy some alone time.
Can your child pick out their own clothes and dress themselves?
The Behavior Exchange makes independent living skills a priority. Dressing, grooming, eating, and toileting are incredibly important for a child to know, and we do our best to ensure that your child is self-sufficient.
Is your child aggressive towards themself or others?
A child is often aggressive because they lack communication skills and have other deficits in skill areas. We can help children learn how to properly communicate and express themselves in appropriate ways, while requiring them to accept “no” as an answer. Our staff also ensures that children know that there are consequences for negative behavior.
Do you and your partner disagree on how to parent/discipline your child?
By training parents, we can bring consistency into a home and allows both parents to understand the science that makes behavior analysis so effective. Parents can learn detailed, consistent and specific interventions that bring consistency to the way parents handle certain behavior issues.
Are you worried that your child will not succeed in school?
If your child is struggling in school, we can help determine what is causing their behavioral or academic problems. We work together with teachers and other personnel to find a solution to the child’s problem. Our staff also recommends specific goals and protocols that can ensure a child’s success. Collaborative consultation bridges the gap and keeps your child’s progress on the right path.