Train­ing day for me and my boy

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LAST week I did a spe­cial course at my son’s school to help with his autism.

It is called ABA – Ap­plied Be­hav­iour Anal­y­sis – and is de­signed to help com­mu­ni­cate with chil­dren with autism.

Some peo­ple are re­ally scep­ti­cal about it, but to be hon­est I will try any­thing that will help my son.

It is a way of almost “train­ing” them like you would with a dog. You ask them to do some­thing and if they do it they get a treat.

I am us­ing gi­ant choco­late but­tons and he is do­ing re­ally well.

Peo­ple might say it is treat­ing chil­dren like an­i­mals but re­search has shown that be­ing taught in this way re­ally suits their brains.

I got a cer­tifi­cate for com­plet­ing the course which I am re­ally proud of and I am go­ing to keep on do­ing it as long as I see it ben­e­fit­ting my boy.

My son’s school is the only one in the coun­try which fol­lows ABA and I re­ally think more aware­ness should be made about it and the ben­e­fits of it.

Ev­ery year the num­ber of autis­tic chil­dren is ris­ing and I think more needs to be done to help th­ese kids.

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