ABC Behavior has a mission to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for their local neighbors, and to take time to remember children with disabilities around the world who may lack any sort of aid. In September 2018, a team of 4 BCBAs, 2 support staff, and 4 children made their first trip abroad to a foster home in China to accomplish this international goal.
While at the foster home, the team made an incredible impact. The BCBAs conducted assessments and baselines on all the children. They paired with the children during the day, and visited with the staff each evening. Four hours of training on ABA for the staff was provided, and recorded for future reference. They also brought over 250 pounds of sensory toys, and ABA materials for the children. The local staff provided data and about children that assisted with creating treatment plans. There was great collaboration and team effort by the BCBAs and local staff with the children.
The children who came also contributed to the value of the trip. Luke is 8; Thomas, 7; Lillian, 6; and Hannah, 4. They made the trip fun, be it through the funny faces when eating new foods, cuddling into laps when tired, or laughing during games. Another great contribution was their involvement with the other children at the home. They engaged with the children, which allowed the BCBAs, and the local staff, to see unique capabilities that had never been seen before. The children were a huge asset to the team!
While there, the team had two days off. One day they went to Historic Street and the other they went to the Hot Springs just south of Fuzhou. When on Historic street, several staff members joined and friends of the foster home. Everyone was able to get a couple souvenirs. The Hot Springs was very relaxing. There were pools, tubs, and even fish pedicures for those brave enough to try.
One of the BCBAs remains in China to continue to help the children. The support for training the staff continues. The ABA services for several of the children continue. The toys are being used, and the ABA material referenced. It is beautiful and encouraging to see that the work that was started is being continued. The willingness of BCBAs to serve and support children on the other side of the globe is a beautiful thing!