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About Autism & ABA
About Autism
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
Lack of or delay in spoken languageLack of or delay in spoken language
Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerismsRepetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
(e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
Little or no eye contactLittle or no eye contact
Lack of interest in peer relationshipsLack of interest in peer relationships
Lack of spontaneous or make-believe playLack of spontaneous or make-believe play
Persistent fixation (perseveration) on parts of objectsPersistent fixation (perseveration) on parts of objects
              *** Autism Society of America ***
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which tactics or strategies based on the principles of behavior are applied systematically to bring about meaningful behavior change. Over many decades and much research, applied behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing appropriate, pro-social behaviors and reducing those behaviors that may impede socialization as well as inhibit learning. These techniques have been used for building skills across all environments - from structured settings such as the 1:1 intensive teaching environment and classroom setting to more 'natural' settings such as on the playground or at home.

ABA has been implemented successfully with diverse learners of all ages, both with and without disabilities, in various settings. It is used to develop basic skills from making eye contact to following simple directions and more complex skills such as reading, maintaining conversation, and perspective-taking.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. Research has shown significant improvement across all areas of development such as language and communication, cognitive skills, and adaptive skills in children who received intensive ABA services. ABA has also been endorsed by some state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General.
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