Frequently Asked Questions
Some children who are on the spectrum start to show signs as young as a few months old. Others seems to have a normal developments for the first few months or years of their lives then start show visible sign during 18-24 month period.
Children on the spectrum have a hard time with social skills (most common sign) along with communication. Problem with communication can involve delayed speech and language skills, Echolia (repeating the same phrase over and over).
Not respond to his/her name by 12 months
Avoid eye contact
Have delayed and want to be alone
Repeat work or phrases over and over
Have obsessive interest
Have Self- Stimulation (flap hands, rock their bodies, spin in circles)
Have an unusual reaction to smells, taste, sounds, textures, look, or feel
Although, some people without ASD may have these symptoms it is not the same for those who are on the spectrum and can prove challenging in everyday tasks for those with ASD.
According to the National Autism Association, Autism affects 1 in 59 children.
Boys are four times more likely to have Autism that girls
Autism greatly varies between each individual (no two people with Autism are alike)
Children with Autism do progress — early intervention is key
Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition
What is ABA Therapy? “applied behavior analysis (ABA Therapy) is a recognized method for reducing harmful (maladaptive) behaviors and teaching a new skill. ABA therapy is researched, individualized, and goal-oriented.
ABA therapy can improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement. ABA involves several phases, allowing for an approve that is tailored to your child’s needs.
We start with a consultation and assessment
We will assign your case to a board certified BCBA (behavior analysts). This consultation we will ask about your child’s strengths and abilities as well as things that challenge him/her.
He/She will spend time interacting with your child to make observations about his/her behavior.
If allowed, we may be visit your school or home to observe your child’s behavior during regular scheduled activities.
A treatment plan looks different for every child.
Your Behavior analysts will then develop a tailored plan based on the initial consultation . This plan will align with your child unique needs and include concrete goals.
Goals can generally be anything from problematic or harmful behaviors such as self-injury, tantrums, and increasing or improving communications and other skills.
Plans will include strategies for all caregivers, teachers and therapist to use to achieve treatment goals. Keeping everyone on the same page to keep a consistent approach through out all areas of a child’s everyday life.
The specific type of ABA used may depend on your child’s age, areas of challenge, and other factors.
Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) is often recommended for children younger than five. It involves an intensive, individualized curriculum designed to teach communication, social interaction, and functional and adaptive skills.
Discrete trial training aims to teach skills through structured task completion and rewards.
Pivotal response training lets your child take the lead in a learning activity, though the therapist often offers a few choices based on specific skills.
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) involves play-based activities that incorporate several goals at once.
Verbal behavior interventions can help children become more verbal or increase their communication skills.
Our trained therapist do frequent evaluations to uncover causes of certain behaviors to help your child change or improve. Over the course of ABA therapy, your child’s therapist may adapt their approach based on how your child responds to certain interventions.
As long as you continue treatment, therapist will continue to collect data and monitor their progress and analyze which strategies are working and where you child may benefit from different treatment tactics.
The goal of treatment depends on your child’s individual needs
At any rate, ABA often can result in children:
showing more interest in people or activities around them
communicating with other people more effectively
learning to ask for things they want (food or toys)
increasing focus at school
reducing or stopping self harming behaviors
decreasing tantrums or outburst
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior.
ABA therapy helps with developing new skills, shape, and refine previously learned skills and help decrease social significant behaviors.
In a nutshell
The basic basis of ABA therapy is to focus on positive results, without focusing on why negative reactions occur. Rewarding appropriate behaviors or responses encourage appropriate responses. Although the child may be choosing the right answer or response to earn a reward, the repeated correct choice reinforces what is expected. At some point, the right response will be automatically chosen, even after the reward is removed.
A primary goal with ABA therapy is to help improve communication skills, including, listening, looking, eye contact, and imitating appropriate behaviors and actions. In addition, more advanced skill sets desired with ABA treatment include reading, understanding perspectives of others, and the ability to have back and forth conversations with others.