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ABA therapy

Looking for therapy for my 8 yr old ADHD son.  Done OT for 4 yrs and want something new just to address impulse control, behavior, and focus.  Met with ABA office today.  They require 6 hrs minimum hrs of therapy a week.  Part of me thinks that is too much with school too.  Also looked at OT program “how doesn’t my engine work”.  Would be once or twice a week for 30 minutes.  Then I could to play therapy to help him learn how regulate himself.  Any thoughts and advise to appreciated.


Is your son medicated? I think he will not get maximum benefit from any of these without that being ironed out.

My son has done group therapy learning that has helped over time.  Trust your instincts if you think the classes are too long or frequent.  My son needs a lot of downtime compared to his peers.

The number one help has been giving him the ability to have control over himself along with behavior therapy.  Good luck!

Posted by Pdxlaura on Nov 05, 2013 at 2:05am

What is ABA therapy and OT? Will this be used instead of medecine?

Posted by adhdboy on Nov 05, 2013 at 7:24am


What is ABA?
Posted by Kellie on Nov 04, 2013 at 9:02pm

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 05, 2013 at 7:05pm

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis and is a form of behavioral therapy often used with individuals with Autism. You can read more about ABA at:

Six meetings a week with school is a lot to manage. Maybe do occupational therapy (OT) and play therapy during school and try ABA during summer break? I am planning to try neurofeedback with my son this summer for the same reason—it’s just too much of a time commitment with school—too overwhelming.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 05, 2013 at 7:11pm

ABA can be very helpful. Especially if there are some extreme issues that need to be addressed.

However, my concerns is often that behaviorists have a tendency to be purists, where the research shows that a multi-modal (multiple modes of therapy) approach often yields the best results.

Unfortunately, the best answer has to do with the strengths and challenges of each individual, so it makes giving good advice on an internet forum a bad idea.

When I run into problems with ABA therapists, it falls under the “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” type of issues.
However, I have to say that my school-based approaches have a heavy ABA influence.

Posted by Dr. Eric on Nov 06, 2013 at 10:08pm

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