Isn’t 20 to 35 hours per week too much for a young child? Shouldn’t young children be allowed to play and develop naturally?

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When parents hear that a recommendation has been made for 20 to 35 hours per week, they frequently have visions of their young child sitting at a table with no play time. However, ABA is designed to target socially important behaviors such as play. Thus, children are taught how to appropriately play with objects and toys and how to socialize with other children. A quality ABA intervention includes a variety of skills such as imitation, functional communication (language, pictures, or sign), play, social interaction, adaptive behaviors (e.g. toileting, eating, dressing, etc.), and gross and fine motor skills that are taught in a variety of settings.