Facing Sensory Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Sensory issues can affect a child in their everyday environment, leading to difficulties in communication, socialization, and learning. Fortunately, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy can help autistic children reinforce the skills they need to face sensory challenges and expand their capabilities while doing it. 

ABA therapy is a scientifically validated approach to treating autism that focuses on teaching skills and behaviors that are necessary for a child to broaden their abilities. Advanced Behavior Analysis values empowering children to identify their needs and advocate for themselves. When it comes to sensory regulation, self management and coping skills so that the child can feel comfortable and safe in their bodies. 

ABA therapists or BCBAs work with children to identify specific sensory challenges they face and then create strategies to help them manage these situations effectively. Some of the most common sensory issues that can impact autistic children are:

  • Over/under sensitivity to sound, light, taste or smell, touch
  • Difficulty with fine and gross motor skills
  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Difficulty with body awareness and spatial orientation
  • Tendency to seek out sensory input
  • Difficulty filtering out irrelevant sensory input

There are many different sensory strategies that ABA therapists may use to help children cope with the above listed sensory issues. 

Helping children identify their triggers and coping skills can be incredibly empowering when it comes to managing emotions and sensory needs. ABA therapists work to proactively assist children in developing necessary skills to cope with the stress of sensory discomfort. ABA therapists may also teach children relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or muscle relaxation exercises, to help them cope with sensory overload.

In addition to teaching children specific sensory strategies, ABA therapy can also help children develop a better understanding of their own sensory needs. By teaching children to identify the sensory stimuli that they find challenging and helping them understand why they are feeling overwhelmed, ABA therapists can empower children to take control of their own sensory experiences and develop the skills they need to manage them effectively.

A Dedicated Team That Puts Your Child’s Needs First 

At Advanced Behavior Analysis, we are dedicated to understanding the uniqueness of every child and being the support to help them overcome any difficult situation. That’s why we have a team of highly trained and experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) that work closely with each child and their family to develop personalized ABA therapy interventions that are tailored to their specific needs and strengths.

With a focus on evidence-based interventions, we are committed to helping children to build the sensory strategies needed to manage their sensory needs effectively. Contact us today to chat with a BCBA about ABA therapy for your child! 

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