ABA Treatment: We Help You, Help Your ChildLike many other parents of children with autism, you know how challenging it can sometimes be when you are seeking to make your child’s life as fulfilling as possible. You dream of getting to spend time with you child in a fun, engaging and creative way, while simultaneously trying to reduce the behavior that is troubling and potentially dangerous.According to World Health Organization, one in 160 children is diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As the number of children diagnosed with ASD has been increasing lately, so has the interest for the best therapeutic approach. One of the most successful treatments is ABA therapy.Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the most common treatment for people diagnosed with autism. The treatment is carried out by carefully observing a child, documenting its behaviors and conducting the interviews with parents, and others who have an important role in the child’s life. After collecting the information, an applied behavioral therapist eventually creates an ABA treatment plan. An ABA treatment plan refers to numerous procedures designed to increase positive behaviors, teach new skills, and reduce behaviors that hamper effective participation in a traditional educational environment. The therapy usually includes 40 hours of one-on-one personalized therapy, which applied behavioral analysts design to treat specific skill deficits such as classroom competence or speech problems. The therapy consists of breaking down skills into simple, achievable steps which could be learned easier that way. Parental involvement is crucial for ABA treatment success. Parents are supposed to be working with teachers and therapists to identify their child’s behaviors that should be changed, and also new skills that should be taught. In addition to this, parents have another important role when it comes to ABA treatment –after working with a therapist for a certain number of hours, a child continues working with his parent. Because of that, ABA treatment includes teaching the parents of an autistic child some new skills that will help them continue the work done by the therapist, and help their child. This is also a valuable experience for both parents and the child, because it allows them to connect in a more engaging way. ABA treatment is a big hope for bettering the lives of families challenged with ASD. In the world of autism, ABA treatment is widely accepted because it has showed great results. A well known study done by Ivar O. Lovaas in 1987, indicated that 90% of families of autistic children making a serious commitment to participate in an ABA Therapy program, saw a significant improvement in their child’s behavior after only a few years and sometimes in as little as a few months. This is consistent with the experience of many families participating in ABA therapy, who celebrate seeing their child mainstreamed into a traditional classroom setting. This model is based on a system of positive and negative reinforcements, in order to amplify appropriate behaviors and discourage inappropriate ones. Social skills are broken down into separate, learnable units. Hand-washing, for example, would be taught as a series of steps — turning on the faucet, using the soap, drying the hands — and mastered individually. Eventually, as an outcome of the training, the autistic child might progress from learning a simple task like sitting quietly in a chair to more difficult ones like making eye contact and, ultimately, speaking freely and intelligibly.Raising a child with autism can be an incredible and challenging labor of love. Through Hidden Treasures’ caring application of ABA Therapy, we help families with autism “Discover the Treasure Within”. Learn more about Our Program and contact us TODAY!

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