Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and is beneficial for children experiencing a wide range of symptoms. It’s a common misconception that a child with Asperger’s syndrome is always high functioning or that a child with classic autism is always low functioning. In fact, every child with any type of ASD has his or her own unique strengths and deficits, and can benefit from individualized ABA-based interventions.
Why Choose ABA Therapy?
There are many types of therapies available for children with Asperger’s syndrome and other ASDs. Most of these therapies lack clinical evidence to support their effectiveness. ABA therapy is the only intervention that has decades of clinical evidence to prove its effectiveness. Parents of children with autism are often so anxious to help their children that any type of therapy may sound appealing. Yet, choosing the right intervention will make the difference between a child reaching his or her full potential and a child continuing to struggle.
When Should Children Begin ABA Therapy?
Since children with Asperger’s syndrome are often perceived as high functioning regardless of their actual deficits, they may experience delays in beginning behavioral intervention. ABA therapists agree that the earlier a child begins ABA therapy, the better the outcome is likely to be. As soon as a child receives a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome, or as soon as the parents suspect the child is developing atypically, the child can be evaluated by an ABA therapist.
How Is ABA Individualized for Each Child?
Before an ABA therapist develops a treatment plan, he or she conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s needs. For example, children with Asperger’s syndrome may be more likely to have strong verbal language skills, yet struggle with socio-emotional skills. An ABA therapist can customize the intervention to involve the child’s unique strengths and interests. For example, a child who loves playing ball may learn about turn taking with this activity.
Here at The Behavior Exchange, we strongly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to live life to the fullest. Our autism treatment center near Dallas only uses clinically proven interventions that are based on the principles of ABA therapy. Give us a call at (888) 716-8084 to schedule a consultation with a caring ABA therapist.