Therapy Room Must Haves

A guide for setting up your ABA therapy space

It is very important that your therapy space is set up in a safe, organized and efficient way to ensure that the therapist is able to maximize their session with your child. Poorly stored materials or a room full of distractions are common time wasters. These are my top tips for setting up your ABA therapy space:

1: Remove distractions

Sort toys and activities into plastic tubs that can be easily stacked or packed away if required.

2: Teaching space

Ensure that there is a clear space for the child and therapist to be able to play on the floor and also an appropriate table that they can sit on if completing work tasks or arts and craft.

3: Organized Materials

There are a variety of ways that you may want to store your materials and stimuli, based on the programs that your child is working on. For example, common ways to store flashcards include in zip pockets in a folder, in a accordion binder, in drawers or in plastic containers. The easiest way to store objects (eg: materials for 3D matching or imitation with objects program) are in separate boxes or baskets.

4: Materials

  • Timer
  • Tally counter
  • Stationary – pen, pencils, rubber, ruler, white board, white board markers
  • Small table and 2 chairs
  • Colour printer and laminator (to make stimuli and flashcards)
  • Common favorite toys: blocks, puzzles, threading, Mr Potato Head (for more information about my favourite toys, click here)

5: Variety of potential reinforcers

Keep these out of reach from your child. My most popular common potential reinforcers for all therapy rooms include:

  • Bubbles
  • Blanket
  • Slinky
  • Slime or Playdoh
  • Sensory play – sand, pasta, rice, water