Early Autism Intervention With ABA Therapy
Several studies have shown that early intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy leads to increased language and communication skills with children with autism. Additionally, studies have seen improvements in overall attention, focus, social skills, and a reduction of problem behaviors in children diagnosed with autism at a young age.
What is applied behavior analysis?
ABA applies what we know about how people behave in real-life situations and adapts them into techniques that change behaviors. The goal of this therapy is to increase behaviors that are helpful to socialization and communication while decreasing undesired behaviors that may impact learning.
How does aba therapy work for children with autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presents itself differently in each child through differing symptoms, functioning levels, and traits. Because of this, ABA Therapy is applied as a flexible treatment program, using research-based strategies for each child based on their personal strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
Once a treatment plan is created, ABA Therapy breaks down goals into small, easy-to-understand steps. These steps are then taught, repeated, and reinforced until each step is successfully learned. Positive reinforcement is given based on the specific child's preferences which may include:
- Verbal praise
- Time with a favorite toy or book
- Watching a short video
- Playing a favorite game
Why is early intervention so important?
To put it simply, early intervention leads to better chances of success. Although ASD is a lifelong disorder, early diagnosis (prior to age 3) and intensive treatment can counter the developmental cascade before it manifests. Life Skills Autism Academy specializes in providing early intervention ABA Therapy to children living with autism. Our team of experts are here to assist you with any questions. Call today at 1-888-915-4551 or email us at [email protected] for more information.