What is Autism? 

 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that usually appears in early childhood and is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

As per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

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Autism Treatment &
ABA Therapy

Decades of research have proven the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Behavior analysis is a cornerstone of this treatment, which attempts to improve the condition of the child through a change in their behavior. ABA is used to teach new skills, improve performance in already acquired skills and replace unwanted and challenging behaviors. The final goal of ABA therapy is to improve communication, cognitive, and social skills of the child so they can learn to adjust and adapt to their environment.

Autism Diagnosis  

Autism diagnosis is challenging as there are no medical tests, like blood test, to identify the disorder. Diagnoses are usually made by reviewing a child’s developmental history. Although there are various signs that could indicate autism, the core symptoms are almost always associated with social challenges and developmental concerns.   

 

Possible Symptoms of Autism

  • Avoiding eye contact

  • Delayed speech development

  • Limited or no interactions with peers

  • Repetitive speech (Echolalia) or body movement

  • Struggle with change in daily routine

 

Though it is still considered a lifelong diagnosis, with appropriate early intervention, individuals with autism can lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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Art Class
Art Class

Skills used in ABA Therapy

ABA can help with include:

  • Daily living skills (toilet training, dressing 

  • Toilet Training, Dressing, Brushing Teeth

  • Increasing attention skills 

  • Social skills

  • Academic skills and behaviors

  • Community participation

  • Coping Skills

  • Self-management

  • Emotional development

  • Family relationships

  • Language skills

  • Play and leisure skills

  • Challenging behaviors

  • Safety skills

  • Aggression and self-injury

  • Sleep Training (e.g. teaching your child to sleep in his/her own bed