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July 14, 2021

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Was your child recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services may be of benefit to your family. Comprehensive ABA services are an important part of early intervention for children with ASD and result in the best developmental outcomes. The goal of ABA is never to “cure” ASD but focus on teaching communication, social skills, and self-care, as well as, address challenging behavior. ABA services consider all domains of development and are offered in an intensive format, typically 15-30 hours per week. While this is quite the time commitment, research shows that children who receive an early diagnosis of ASD and targeted, intensive intervention are more likely to have major long-term, positive effects, on symptoms and skill acquisition. Common goals when beginning ABA services may include: expanding play skills, requesting and commenting, waiting for an item, and answering questions.

Child and Family Development’s ABA services focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who are under the age of 5. The ABA services at Child and Family Development are fun, child-led, and family focused. Each client undergoes a low-pressure, play-based assessment to determine goals for the intervention. From the start, each family meets with the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for several sessions, before beginning treatment. ABA sessions are always play-based, in which the therapist embeds goals throughout age-appropriate activities, such as art, blocks, baby dolls, board games and more. Child and Family Development ABA services also include weekly caregiver sessions, in which the BCBA works directly with parents and caregivers related to their child.

For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder, check out these informative articles from Charlotte Smarty Pants and Child & Family Development.

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