Updated: Oct 7, 2021
As a therapist, it can be difficult to learn how to manage your time to get the most out of your therapy sessions. During a session, you will need to continuously pair, alternate between reinforcers, run your programs, answer parent questions, probe new skills, be prepared for crisis situations, etc. The list of tasks to accomplish in one session will continue to grow which can make it difficult to keep up with the demanding pace that is required to be a successful ABA therapist. Dedicating some time to getting organized from day 1, is a huge advantage and can help you get the most out of your sessions. Developing a system that helps the therapist keep a good pace, will allow them to ensure the client gets the most out of the few hours that the therapist is with them. Having the right tools and materials can also go a long way especially if you work in a home setting and are required to supply your own materials.
To get an idea of what you may need, click the resources link above and download the "Therapy Tools" list. I have included a brief explanation of how best to organize your materials and what materials you may want to consider purchasing to ensure a smooth flow in your sessions. Note: try not to spend too much money on materials since you will need a ton of new items often and they will get broken at some point. I buy all all of mine on amazon, dollar tree and the dollar section at target. If you get items that can be used for more than 1 purpose, you'll also get the most of your tools! Always ask you company if they offer any bonuses, assistance or stipends to help you pay for materials especially as a W2 employee!
Additional items that are not mentioned in the "Therapy tools" download include safety items. If you a client that can pose a threat to your safety or to his own safety, speak to the family and your company to get the assistance you need which may include either extra therapists or investing in some personal safety gear. Some examples include, safety goggles, protective sleeves, face shields, bump caps etc.
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