Any family dealing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis understands that Autism is a pervasive neurological disorder and the journey ahead is ambiguous. Not only is there no medical cure for ASD, but every child’s symptoms are unique, making it difficult to pinpoint a definitive Autism treatment that proves to be effective. Usually, Autism experts advise parents to keep an open mind, remain flexible, monitor progress, and try alternative therapies, when needed.
While you may explore all your options to decide which behavior therapy works best for your child, the licensed and qualified ABA practitioners at AB Spectrum believe that every child with Autism deserves a chance at ABA therapy or its allied interventions. As experts in Autism early intervention and diagnosis, we have seen extremely positive results through the application of ABA programs and techniques for children with ASD.
Evidence-Based Intervention: Since its introduction in the 1960s-70s, ABA has been the subject of thousands of academic papers and scientific studies across the globe. With each passing day, there is mounting evidence that ABA therapy works for treating children with ASD. Whether it is for teaching the child new skills, improving their self-care abilities, modifying their behaviors, or boosting their confidence and independence, no other therapy or treatment has as much anecdotal evidence of being as effective as ABA.
Preserves Humanity of Children with ASD: Over the last few decades, Autism research organizations and families dealing with ASD are making huge strides in Autism awareness and understanding. However, there continue to be a variety of views that at their core deny the basic humanity of children with ASD. ABA provides children with Autism the same opportunities to learn and do things as their neurotypical peers.
Improves Parenting Skills: Parenting a child with Autism is no easy challenge to overcome. By observing, learning, and imbibing the ABA-based interventions with the right intensity and consistency, you can help your child with ASD reach their highest potential, setting them up for success in life.
Helps in Establishing Routines and Enhancing Life Skills: Children with ASD need additional training and interventions to develop essential life skills that neurotypical children pick up through observation and play. From learning toileting skills to sleeping through the night, everyday tasks need repetitive instructions until they become a habit. Adopting ABA-based tools and techniques will help parents collect the data, measure progress, reset the bar, and continually drive the desired behaviors that improve the child’s function and independence.
Provides a Great Defense Against the ‘Low Expectations’ Attitude: Whether it is the peers, caregivers, teachers, or extended family members, anyone who maintains low expectations from a child with Autism is doing them a disservice. Accepting that Autism is in our society does not mean writing off the ability to learn in children with ASD. There is abundant scientific evidence that early and intensive ABA-based therapy and interventions can reduce interfering behaviors, develop critical life skills, and improve communication, verbal and social skills. Such visible improvements can help in dismissing the low expectations of people who interact with your child.
Equips a Child with the Skills to Make Friends: Children with ASD often thrive in friendship and companionship. ABA equips them with the necessary skills for engaging in social interactions or forging new connections. Simple actions, such as playing with toys, returning a smile, or making eye contact go a long way in striking friendships or participating in sleepovers or playdates. Essentially, ABA allows children with Autism an opportunity to truly enjoy their childhood, despite their limiting skills, abilities, or behaviors.
Puts the Spotlight on the Child’s Strengths and Preferences: ABA therapy and interventions involve a deeper understanding of every child’s unique triggers, tickles, and motivators, which go into planning their customized therapy. Understanding these assessments also provides parents and teachers the opportunity to cater to the child’s interests, recognize behavioral triggers, use appropriate rewards, and maximize the teachable moments.
Teaches Parents How to Respond in the Moment: Through active involvement and participation in the child’s therapy sessions, parents or caregivers of children with ASD can also become fluent in several ABA-based techniques. Whether it is about preventing interfering behaviors or capturing motivation, ABA teaches the parents and teachers what to do and how to respond at the moment, especially during everyday interactions.
Boosts Independence: Parents of children with ASD often worry about what will happen to their child if they themselves become incapacitated. With structured ABA therapy or programs, you can define your child’s long-term goals that include promoting independence. The ultimate aim of ABA is to help a child assimilate better into society and be successful in academic or professional endeavors, even when their parents are no longer around to help them.
Builds Self–Advocacy Skills: Many children with ASD may be non-verbal and may never develop verbal or language skills. However, ABA programs give every child the chance to show others what they are capable of in their own unique way. Whether it is through actions or by making certain sounds, children learn how to communicate what they want, don’t want, like or dislike. Hence, ABA is a critical intervention to help children with Autism be their own best advocates.
At AB Spectrum, we thrive to bring about meaningful, long-lasting changes that can improve the quality of life of children with ASD and their families. As the world’s first Reggio Emilia ABA therapy clinic, we focus on Natural Environment Training (NET) with constant collaboration and communication in an ABA therapy environment. While our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) prepare and oversee customized ABA plans, our Registered Behavior Therapists (RBTs) provide one-on-one therapy sessions. We encourage parents and caregivers to observe and learn from the sessions, and apply ABA techniques in real-life situations that go beyond the formal therapy.
In addition to group ABA therapy sessions at our Autism treatment centers in St. Charles or Chesterfield, Missouri, we offer in-home ABA sessions throughout the St. Louis area of Missouri.
For more information about our ABA therapy programs, call 314.648.2687 to book a no-fee consultation today. You can also take our free online autism screening test and one of our therapists will be in touch to discuss the results.