Autism & ABA
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder process information differently than typically developing children. When triggered, they can act with aggression, engage in repetitive behaviors, or injure themselves or others. However, with consistent and appropriate intervention, a child with ASD can learn to integrate better in their surroundings and lead a fulfilling life.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding human behavior and how it is influenced by the environment. Behavior Analysts utilize research and evidence-based methods to understand what triggers the child and build constructive responses. With ABA therapy, our clients master improved cognitive skills, emotional responsiveness, and better communication skills.
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ABA interventions have been proven to be greatly effective in helping children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the NIH, is “ a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.”
But – what does that actually mean?
In simple terms, it means that children diagnosed with ASD have a condition that affects their neurological development, causing them to act differently than other children their age. ASD can cause children to have difficulty in various areas, such as social skills and interactions, communication (both verbal and nonverbal), and emotional and behavioral control. Children on the autistic spectrum can engage in repetitive or self-harming behaviors, and can react aggressively to unexpected stimulation. They can also possess extreme intelligence and have incredible memories.
In a nutshell, children on the autistic spectrum learn, process, and react differently than other children in their age group. Each and every child processes and understands things in their own way, causing a very unique and individual set of both challenges and strengths. This is why targeted ABA therapy has been proven to have a huge impact on the growth and development on children with ASD. While it is not a cure, early intervention therapy and individualized treatment plans have proven to be enormously effective in improving the skills and behaviors of children with ASD.
ABA therapy is a time-proven, research based, successful method that focuses on understanding and utilizing how behavior is influenced and developed. ABA looks at the reason behind the actions of each child, and the circumstances under which they occur to teach appropriate ways of reaching the goal of each specific behavior. The goal of ABA therapy is to develop new skills, shape and refine previously learned behaviors, and decrease problem behaviors to help each child succeed.