Wednesday, 07 November 2012
This is my first post to the community. Hopefully I'll be able to find some answers here.
I am working towards my degree in psychology, and have started a part-time job as a Behavior Interventionist.
Those that are unfamiliar with that term - it is a job where we work with certified ABA therapists/consultants and execute the program that was devised by the therapist/consultant. As BIs we do not have any say in changing the pre-designed program, we simply execute it and assist the child to complete the programs bit by bit.
I'm very excited to start working in this field, but I also feel lost that I have not much idea what I'm doing. The limited information I know about Aspergers and ABA is simply from a children psychology course (totally not enough.). I've been trying to do more research on it and try to gain a deeper understanding but right now I have a few questions that I'm not sure where to ask.. so I thought maybe I'll take my chance here.
My supervisor has been giving me some very basic training, and a few hours of observation. But since the funding from the government does not allow a lot of training, I will soon be on my own with the client. The child is very very young, and has just started fresh in the program.
So far my observation with the child is that their ability to concentrate is quite low, and is still on early stages of reducing basic problem behaviors. I'm concern that in my short 1~3 hours of sessions, how can I keep this child focused on me? They are obviously not attached to me yet since I have only met them for a few hours. And keeping them in a space for a few hours, away from the people that they are much more comfortable with, definitely does not sound too fun for the child.
What kind of play can I try with this pre-school aged child, with minimal language abilities at this point, that will be helpful in building a relationship with this child soon? What things should be I be careful not to do? Should I use a range of vocabulary, or keep to simple one to two words per sentence? What are some games that I can do without purchasing actual toys? Please give me some advice, thank you very much.