Today, we’re going to be talking about ABA principles that we use in our homes. In addition to being professionals, we’re also moms. It’s so interesting how much we can learn from our kids and how they help us to become better BCBAs. Non-contingent reinforcement works really well with kids, letting them know that not everything in the household needs to be earned. Scheduling, predictability, and expectations are key. Laying down the family ground rules and consistently reinforcing them goes a long way.
If your follow-through isn’t consistent, it creates an environment of intermittent reinforcement that’s hard to break. Follow-through builds trust, predictability, and safety. Setting yourself up for success to make things easier helps tremendously when trying to implement behavioral strategies. For example, making lunches at night instead of the morning can eliminate stress and cut down on chaos. Reinforcement can be as simple as a “thank you” or a subtle, teachable moment. As professionals, we tend to oversimplify behaviors, but the reality is that it’s not so simple. As parents and practitioners, we are lifelong learners. Focusing on the good things and recognizing our kids makes a positive experience for them at home.
- Strategies that worked and didn’t work so well for Shira and Shayna.
- How our kids can teach us how to become better professionals.
- Why follow-through is the key to making strategies work.