Writing down the child's progress

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy implies a continual and rigurous measurement of child's progress. Within each session, the therapist writes down the child's answers. In order to permit the quantification of the data obtained and so as the entire team (the therapists and the parents) to have a common reference system, the notation is standardized.

Thus, in each moment, whoever works with the child, can know for sure if an item/program is mastered or not, when is needed to make modifications, when  how long to insist on an item, and when is the right time to take an item to the next level. Why is this notation essential? Because each member of the team has to know exactly what s/he has to do, and to take decisions based on the facts that were written down, and not on subjective opinions. An insufficiently exercised item/skill (an acquisition) can be easily lost, or cannot be differentiated by other similar items.

An item that is not generalised can remain nonfunctional if it is used only in one setting, under certain conditions.

An over exercised item would lead to the child's refusal and the loss of the acquisition.

So as each member of the group to know exactly which are the objectives of the program, the communication between them, in the interest of the child, must be clear, and, not least, exact and consequential.

The therapeutic team and the family communicate in order that each person who interact with the child to know which are the required responses, the manner in which is given the requirement, and what is the reward offered for the successful action.

Purposefulness helps us to maintain the children's program at high professional standards, with care and professionalism.