These terms include:
- DRO: Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior.
- Functional Assessment: done by taking ABC (antecedent, behavior, consequence) data of each instance the behavior is presented, then analyzing this data to see if there is a pattern which could explain the function of the behavior.
- Lovaas 1978 study: found that with 40 hours of intensive early intervention therapy using the discrete trial method for two years, 48% of children were no longer identified as having the symptoms of autism.
** head explosion **
Not only this, but I am getting used to communicating ONLY in Spanish. I spoke Spanish all day in my former job, but I always had English-speaking coworkers and parents that could bail me out if I got stuck. Not now. I'm considered to be "Bilingual" even though I feel so very, very far from it, and I have to function as such.
I'm also getting used to using a whole new verbiage in my communication, documentation, and consideration of work. My Early Intervention job before was very much focused on Family Training. We didn't use terms like Differential Reinforcement of Other Behaviors. We said, "tell Johnny how great a job he did when he painted with the brush instead of eating the paint. This will encourage him because he enjoys your verbal approval of his actions." Because ABA and DTT are centered so much around science, I have to be on my toes and use proper terms to describe my actions while doing my daily therapy.
All this is not a negative thing. You have to get used to things in every new job, and this is what I'm currently learning and re-learning.
I am enjoying working 30 hours/week instead of 40, as well as having a 15-20 minute commute as opposed to a 30 minute-1.5 hour one. I love being back in my "element" of analyzing the behavior of children with special needs and seeking to give them every opportunity to succeed. I like being pushed to speak more Spanish and to not be so shy about trying to say what I need to say, even if it doesn't come out totally right. I'm enjoying what I'm learning and re-learning in my new situation, and I'm so thankful God gave me this opportunity to further my experience, do what I love more, and grow as a person and professional.