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