By: Victoria Sigurthorsson
Coming to Indonesia I didn’t know really what to expect at the clinic. I had some assumptions- I assumed that the clients would be there for several hours a week, like back home. I assumed that there would be several clients at a time. I assumed it would be in a separate building. But going to Rumah Tiara I learned that it looks very different. Some of the clients come from up to an hour away to receive these services. They don’t exclusively have autism. They see each client for 4 hours a week only. The clinic is a house on the middle of a neighborhood. What do we have in common? The common language of ABA.
The team here has a strong foundation of skills in ABA, being able to give them advice and tips when they ask questions or for feedback and seeing the change in both the educators and their students already after only a few days of trainings and observations is so heart warming. They all have such joy and positive energy and it is contagious.
ABA is a universal language. It is one that can help children with autism and others participate actively in their community no matter where they live. As practitioners even if we don’t understand the language we can understand the concepts- from reinforcement to promoting, pairing and discrete trial teaching. In the end it leads to change, and that is the same wherever you are.