This morning Cody and I shared a bowl of oatmeal and it got me thinking about how Brad and I don’t just have 2 children anymore. This number instantly turned into three sons and two daughters not including our two 4-legged daughters and our occupational therapists!
While we were eating, one of the therapist came in through the garage greeting us with a, “good morning.” He sat at our kitchen table while taking off his shoes in preparation of Cody’s ABA therapy sharing small talk about his weekend. It felt good. It felt like our real family and our professional family was instantly ONE.
Think about what is the difference between steel-cut, rolled oatmeal vs instant oatmeal?
While these varieties have undergone a different level of processing, resulting in different textures and cook times, they all still have the same nutritional value. Steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats all have the same nutritional profile since they’re all made from whole oat groats. If you compare this to family, how long the oat is processed would be like the age of the person. And the age of the person, would give them a different look and personality. And just like us, we have this instant family that has all come together for Cody Rivers. Three from blood and the others Phoenix, Kansas and Oklahoma!
ABA is considered the “gold standard” for autism intervention and is an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.
In home ABA therapy has been a wonderful choice for our family. I was on the fence on how I would like people in and out of our home on average of 20 hours per week and being part of our evening routines. But, again they are not just people they became our instant professional family and I would not change a thing!