Tonight we attended parent education night. It was interesting to hear the other parent's stories and what they have tried to counteract difficult behaviors. The information presented was interesting, however, I think the lecture was a little hard to follow. Sometimes people that are experts in a particular field, forget that the lay person has a hard time understanding all the jargon. When you are relatively new to the diagnosis, you just want to know how to help you child with out having to learn a new language. Although hearing about artificial consequences and differential reinforcement is interesting. Listing it in a flow chart to keep us newbies on topic, would probably not help. Learning all those terms is an afterthought when your child can't make it through a grocery store run with out throwing themselves on the floor and screaming.
Fortunately, that is not the case for our family these days. Javi has really made a lot of progress over the past few years after using many of the techniques suggested by ABA. However, I must stress that you have to find what works for your child. ASD children cannot be put in to a box and categorized. What works for one child, will not necessarily work for another. The best advice I can offer that is more a "real world", realistic technique that can be applied to nearly every avenue of your life:
Recipe for Success for your ASD Child
a heaping cup of patience
a generous portion of love and understanding
a tablespoon of the professional techniques
Blend until you get the right consistency.