Learning your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder can be a challenging and stressful moment. Parents often fear their child will fall further and further behind their peers in social, cognitive, language, academic, and other skills. Making matters more difficult, strategies that work with other children with disabilities are often ineffective for children with Autism.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has emerged as a beacon of hope. ABA therapy is a powerful, evidence-based treatment that has made a dramatic difference for thousands of children with Autism. ABA is the “gold standard” treatment recommendation for Autism, meaning it is backed by more research than any other approach.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of behavior change. ABA therapists are trained to identify skill deficits in their clients. After identifying the deficits, the therapist designs a unique, personalized treatment program to teach and reinforce missing skills until the child has mastered it. Step by step, the child reaches increasingly advanced milestones.
ABA therapy is typically an intensive, one-on-one approach. The therapist sits with the child and, using a variety of evidence-based techniques, breaks down and explicitly teaches the target skill. Often, the child receives small rewards (such as praise, a small candy, or a sticker) for practicing the skill. Once the skill is mastered, the extra rewards are discontinued and a new skill is targeted.
This systematic and patient approach is the heart and soul of ABA therapy. It is why it is so consistently able to create long-lasting growth for children with Autism and other developmental disorders.
How do I know if my child needs ABA therapy?
ABA therapy is commonly recommended by psychologists and pediatricians for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA therapy may be appropriate for your child if he or she has needs in any of the following areas:
- Social awareness
- Social communication
- Speech and language skills
- Understanding early cognitive concepts
- Early academic skills
- Learning routines
- Adjusting to change
- Learning other early foundational skills
Additionally, ABA therapy is an excellent choice if your child struggles with behaviors that interfere with learning. These may include aggression, noncompliance, self-stimulation, self-injurious behavior, or repetitive motor movements. ABA therapy is very effective in reducing these challenging behaviors, both during therapy sessions and every day at home.
ABA Therapy is Backed by the Evidence
Research has demonstrated strong results from ABA therapy. ABA can lead to improvements in social skills, speech and language skills, play skills, self-regulation, and many other skills. It can also reduce or eliminate challenging behaviors such as aggression or self-injurious behavior.
ABA is supported by decades of rigorous academic research, all of which aims to identify practical methods of building skills and producing long-lasting behavioral change for children with Autism. While not all children respond to ABA, the vast majority do. Some children make substantial strides, while others make smaller but still meaningful gains. Early intervention and higher hours of intervention per week are important predictors that ABA will be effective for your child.
Why Choose ABA Therapy?
- Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy is the “Gold Standard” treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
- ABA therapists carefully analyze each individual client’s skills to develop individualized treatment plans
- ABA can improve many foundational skills, including communication, social, and cognitive skills
- ABA can reduce or eliminate challenging behavior including aggression, repetitive motor movements, and self-injurious behavior
- ABA is backed by decades of research demonstrating its effectiveness
Applied Behavioral Analysis for Kids
Early intervention is the key to success, so do not hesitate to take the next step for your child. Infinite Therapy Solutions offers high quality, effective ABA therapy for children. Even better, ABA is provided in your family’s home for no extra charge – what better way to ensure they use their new skills at home every day?