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June 13, 2022

Which Therapies Can Help with Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder associated with a child's development, affecting about one in every 54 children. ASD can be diagnosed as early as 18 months but is most commonly diagnosed around two to three years old. Early diagnosis and treatment of ASD can result in better long-term outcomes for the child.

While there is no cure or one-size-fits-all solution for ASD, evidence-based therapy can significantly improve the related symptoms such as deficits in communication, socialization, and behavioral concerns. This post highlights the common intervention used to improve these symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder.

ABA Therapy for Autism

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of the most widespread interventions therapists use to treat autism and has been in use for the last 50 years. It's a scientific and highly structured method that aims to reduce problematic behaviors and treat symptoms of autism.

ABA teaches children with autism to play, communicate, develop independent skills, and improve social interactions. It focuses on reinforcing positive behaviors

Research shows that ABA therapy is highly effective at improving outcomes. It produces high success rates in enhancing adaptive behavior, socialization, and communication skills.

ABA therapy is individualized and flexible. Clinicians can tailor the therapy to meet clients' specific needs. While therapeutic improvement may be gradual, families that remain committed to therapy are more likely to see better outcomes.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right treatment plan for a child with ASD can be a challenge, given there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. It takes a dedicated team of behavior technicians, Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs), along with a family’s strong commitment, to find true positive growth with ABA therapy. Here at Family of Kidz, we are here to walk the journey with you. We help kids with special needs achieve their goals by providing the highest level of professional care. Contact us today to learn more.

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