There are laws protecting children pertaining to how long they work, at what age and if it is during school hours or on school days. The same rules should apply to disabled children being put in therapies. There are some children who are in some therapies for more than 40 hours a week!
Besides ABA being abusive, the average child in ABA does this therapy for 40 hours per week. If an adult works over 40 hours per week, they are paid overtime. This is how it is in the United States. A child under the age of 18 cannot work for more than 30 hours a week, legally. The specifics of the child labor laws are different from state to state.
Child Labor Restrictions in Florida
- No child is allowed to work more than 6 consecutive days in one week
- Children must take a 30 minute uninterrupted break after working for 4 hours
- no child under the age of 14 is permitted to work
- Children who are 14 and 15 years old are not permitted to work during school hours at all
- Only permitted to work 15 hours per week
- Not permitted to work before 7am or after 7pm on school days or a day before school
- Not permitted to work more than 3 hours on school days and when a school day is the next day
- May work 8 hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on non school days when a school day does not follow up to 9pm
- Children 16 and 17 years old may work up to 30 hours per week
- Not before 6:30 am or later than 11pm.
- Not permitted to work more than 8 hours per day when school is the following day.
- On days where there is no school and school is not on the following day, there is no hour restriction