Frequently asked questions
My child is 2 years old but hasn't started talking. Should I be worried?
Generally, children start babbling around 4-6 months old, can say a few words around 12-18 months, and can string 2 words together to ask simple questions (e.g. "Where daddy?") or make requests (e.g. "More cookie") by 18-30 months. However, it is important to keep in mind that every child develops at a different speed. More information on language development milestones is available on Child Assessment Service website. If you have any concerns, you may wish to consult a professional.
My child does not look at people. Should I be worried?
Abnormal eye contact is associated with many things, including shyness, neuroticism, anxiety, fear, and autism. It may not warrant any concern if presented alone, but keep an eye out for other warning signs, including odd and repetitive behaviors, slow or no development of language, etc. If there is a serious cause for concern, it is often better to start intervening early. Consult a professional when in doubt.
My child has not been diagnosed, but I notice that he is delayed in certain areas compared to his peers. Can I enroll him in ABA training without a diagnosis?
Certainly. ABA has been demonstrated to be effective on many groups -- children with various special needs, typically developing children, and even adults! You do not need to have a diagnosis to enroll in ABA training, and you definitely do not need a diagnosis to benefit from it. If you are worried about your child's progress, book a free consultation to chat with us.
My child has frequent temper tantrums. What can I do?
Temper tantrums (and many other problematic behaviors such as hitting, biting, and screaming) serve a function for the child. To reduce these behaviors, we teach the child apporpriate behaviors that can achieve the same function.
What is the difference between ABA and ST and OT?
ABA focuses on behaviors-- we can teach a wide array of behaviors, as well as reduce problematic behaviors.
How many sessions does my child need? Why does ABA need to be so intensive?
Consistency in the child's environment and expectations demanded from him/her are crucial for the success of ABA interventions. Therefore, the more time spent in ABA training, the faster he/she will improve. In general, we recommend children to attend at least 3 sessions per week; however, each child may have different needs. To find out the best choice for your child, please contact us directly for a free consultation session.