As a result of the pandemic, many young children spent the years in isolation. Those years are typically when social skills really start to develop through interaction with other children and with other adults outside of the home. For your child, this is on top of potentially struggling with many social skills to begin with. Opportunities to interact with peers, therefore, is more important now than before.
While home-based ABA therapy may provide practice with social-emotional skills between the child and their sibling, center based ABA therapy provides explicit instruction on how to interact with peers. Along with the social interaction this access to peers provides, it also creates a space where children can imitate each other’s behaviors which further supports your child’s social and emotional development.