Friday, April 1, 2005
This video was taken soon after we started our intensive ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program at home. We cleared out the guest room and made as functional of a therapy room as possible. Lizzie needed to be in a small, closed room, so you could keep her from drifting away from you. She had a way of avoiding us.
You will see Christy using something as simple as building blocks with Lizzie to work on her language. Once we started ABA, Lizzie pretty quickly began to be able to repeat words. In this situation, ABA works by withholding something Lizzie wants (the blocks), and then reinforcing with it after Lizzie repeats the word or completes the task.
I am always so impressed how Christy can make a therapy that seemed so mean and cold, so warm and friendly. Christy turned ABA into play, and that made it a lot easier for me to send my little girl into that room.
At the end of the video, you will see Lizzie walk away and begin talking in jibberish to her hands. She did this most of the day when she was not in therapy.