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.
Studies show that early diagnosis and intensive behavioral intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in your child:
little or no eye contact
such as hand-flapping or twirling objects
may line objects up
wheels on toy trains or cars
Should your child exhibit these signs or if you have concerns about your child meeting developmental milestones, contact your pediatrician and request a developmental screening.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of behavior through tactics or strategies that are systematically applied 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 the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association.