If you run a practice, clinic, or school that helps children with autism, chances are you’re aware of ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy, whether or not you practice it.
For many practitioners, ABA is the primary way of teaching new skills or dealing with disruptive behaviors. Teachers and other educators use this form of therapy to
- Evaluate a student’s current level of learning and set future goals (often IEP Goals)
- Create a detailed set of lesson plans (or programs) to achieve those goals.
- Measure progress each day, tweaking the lesson plan frequently to maximize learning speed
It’s not just about academic goals however, its also about teaching prosocial behaviors or helping prevent behaviors that will negatively impact the student’s life. Positive behaviors are rewarded while making sure to not reward negative behaviors. Many educational facilities that use ABA therapy are integrating specialized software into their practices so that data collection is immediate, efficient and accurate. It also allows them to coordinate care between multiple teachers, therapists and family caregivers.
In this article, we’ll highlight the main reasons ABA therapy software such as Thread Learning would be a great choice for your academic setting.
What Does ABA Therapy Software Do?
ABA therapy software has many benefits for your practice, in particular when it comes to data collection. Some include:
- Trial teaching targets
- Duration targets
- Task analysis targets
- Quantitative and anecdotal data
- Time sampling (or interval recording)
- Topographical behavior data
This software isn’t just about collecting data. It’s also about helping teachers and clinical directors save time when it comes to data mapping and analysis. The days of manually creating graphs or charts is gone. The best applications will even tell supervisors when one of these graphs needs her or his attention.
Increasingly, companies like Thread Learning are even making suggestions for effective next steps to teachers, clinical directors and parents.
Why You Should Use ABA Therapy Software?
Automated data collection and analysis? Time and resources saved? That sounds great, right? Well, the ABA therapy software “buck” doesn’t stop there.
Here’s a quick rundown of more major advantages:
The Platform is Custom Built for You
Most software is optimized for only one type of user.
That’s not the case when you use ABA therapy software such as Thread Learning. Instead, the platform is custom built for you. ABA is a set of techniques and principals, and there is a diversity of ways of applying ABA to each individual child. Additionally, you might be practicing ABA therapy differently if you are a special needs school, or doing it in an in-home setting, or in a clinic. No matter what, your software needs to be customized for you and dead simple so that new members of your team can learn how to do ABA correctly, rather than spending their time training to use the software.
With all the tools and software on the market, it can be frustrating to find one that best suits your needs. That’s why our ABA therapy software has a wide range of features, any of which can be turned on or off if you don’t need it.
When you put in a request for a demo, we make sure to learn about your unique situation and discuss how our solution can adapt (or not adapt) to your specific needs. Our goal is to help you provide the best possible care to your students or clients, and so we want to present you with a solution that fits you like a glove.
Clinicians and Teachers Can See How They Can Improve Their Care
Once you use ABA therapy software, you’ll notice many new statistics and metrics. This might be more in-depth than what you are used to, but we also don’t want you to feel overwhelmed.
These new resources will be helpful for you and the children you’re helping, so it’s important to take advantage. ABA therapy software helps educators keep better track of work performed and progress made.
Thread is even building a dashboard where administrators or clinical directors can get custom statistics to help them manage classrooms, or staff effectively
It’s Easy Enough for Anyone to Use
If you’re not a computer expert, don’t worry about it.
Our ABA therapy software is designed so that those who are technologically challenged can use it with ease. While most tools require weeks of training, Thread Learning can be learned without any. If you want to become a power-user of Thread, you can do a 1-hour training with a real person that will teach you everything there is to know.
Thread also takes customer service extremely seriously. If you have any questions, need advice or are experiencing problems, each Thread product has an in-app chat feature, where you can talk directly with a senior support person, who will go above and beyond to help.
It Helps Centralize Your Data
Another advantage of using ABA therapy software is it gives you a chance to centralize all the data you collect and not just the data regarding clients or students.
It centralizes all the important information you need regarding insurance, employees and other key organizations you are in contact with.
This means you won’t have to waste time flipping between additional resources and computer programs to find important information.
Advanced Matching is Made Possible
You won’t need to spend countless hours matching employees to clients or students anymore.
Just enter all the relevant information regarding a client such as licenses, experience and qualifications. The software shows clients or students who they are best suited to work with.
By now you should see, there are very real benefits of using ABA therapy software in your practice, clinic or school. This software will enhance and streamline your therapy practices and the time you save alone is worth the price, but the real benefit comes from the improved care you can provide to children and their families.
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