The most important factor with any programme is continuity and not having breaks in therapy, so it is really important that you ask all the questions you need to in order to be confident that this is the right path for you and your family. This is crucial in any therapy, not just behaviour analysis.
With any type of behavioural increase or decrease, it is especially important not to have breaks as it takes 21 days to create a new behaviour and then a further 42 in order to ensure that behaviour becomes engrained and doesn’t undo. That is for language, academics, thoughts, anything.
The longer the history of not contacting reinforcement is in an area, the harder we need to work at the beginning/the more support we need in order to make something a way of life.
By contacting reinforcement, I literally just mean that a behaviour is being responded to in a particular way that increases its frequency and intensity and then maintains it. For any behaviour to be engaged in (just some examples are language, sport, hobbies, academics, tantrums, social isolation) it is being reinforced. If a behaviour is not reinforced (in effect, punished) it will decrease and eventually extinguish. How long this takes depends on the history and strength (reinforcing value) of the behaviour.
This is why continuity is so important. Many gains initially are under the surface so it is important to build strong, steady foundations in all that we do and to ensure that everything we start is sustainable.
Just my thought for the week!