We understand that an autism diagnosis doesn’t always mean you will immediately seek out Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or simply ABA. There is some controversy around the treatment and there are other treatment options out there. It is important to note that most of the controversy surrounds the way ABA used to be administered several decades ago. And despite the controversy, ABA is still considered the gold standard as far as treatment for children with autism and other diagnoses like ADHD, obsessive compulsive behavior, PTSD and panic disorders.
One of the reasons that makes ABA so popular is that it’s based on the actual science of learning and behavior. And, everything our therapists do is driven by data that is collected daily during each therapy session. That way, parents are able to see actual results in graph form based on their child’s specific treatment plan. It’s an “evidence based” practice which means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality and effectiveness.
You may be thinking … my child’s autism is more on the mild side so ABA isn’t for us. While that may be true, you’d be surprised at the number of things we’re able to accomplish using ABA.
At its very core, the principle of ABA therapy is to extinguish negative behaviors and build the skills necessary for daily living. In addition to the more known areas that ABA can help with including tantrums, negative attention seeking and self injurious behaviors, there are other areas you might not realize that ABA therapy can help.
- Potty training
- Learning how to dress independently
- Improving focus and attention
- Increasing language and communication skills
- Learning how to bathe and brush teeth independently
- Helping parents learn new strategies for parenting a child with autism
As parents of children with autism, our end goal should be teaching our children to be as independent as possible, no matter where they may be on the spectrum. Yes, it can be so much easier to just “do it for them” when it comes to bathing, getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc, we have to face the fact that we’re not going to be around forever and we’re not doing them any favors by not teaching them the skills they need to be successful.
It takes a village to raise a child with special needs and our therapists are more than happy to work with any other providers or therapists your child may be seeing. Our goal is very basic … helping your child become the very best version of themselves.