The CDC has recently reported that roughly 1 in 44 children in this country is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 1 in 27 boys and 1 in 116 girls are identified with an ASD, respectively, each year.
Although there is no cure for autism, there are tools parents and teachers can use to help children with autism cope with environmental triggers so they may learn and thrive. One of the most effective tools to date is Applied Behavior Analysis.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a style of therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Started in the 1960s, ABA gives users some key insights, namely, how behavior works, how behavior can be affected by the environment, and how learning takes place.
The goal with ABA therapy is to identify behavior in real-world situations and increase those that are beneficial while decreasing those that are harmful or negatively impact learning. ABA can be used to increase a child’s communication skills and improve their attention and ability to focus. ABA has also been shown to improve social skills and memory.
Benefits of ABA Therapy
ABA is a unique form of therapy that offers specific benefits:
Applied Behavioral Analysis is a flexible treatment that can be adjusted to fit the needs of each individual. It can involve one-on-one teaching or group instruction. ABA may also be used in different settings, from schools to homes and throughout the community.
Certain therapies sound good – in theory. But ABA is practical because it teaches skills that are useful in everyday life.
ABA relies on positive reinforcement. When good behaviors are rewarded, the child is far more likely to repeat that behavior.
How to Find an ABA Specialist for Your Child
You may want to inquire with your child’s doctor if they can refer you to a therapist in your area that specializes in ABA. His or her school may also be able to put you in touch with someone who can help on a one-on-one basis.
I have been certified in ABA and would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.