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What is ABA therapy?

If you’ve come across mentions of ABA therapy helping kids with autism, you’re probably wondering about the details. What is ABA therapy, exactly? How can it help children? And is it a good fit for your child? Let’s dive in and explore the ins and outs of ABA therapy.

ABA therapy stands for applied behavior analysis, which is a form of autism therapy to help individuals with autism specturm disorder improve independence and social skills. Each therapy session is uniquely tailored to each child to focus on their personal strengths, hone skills where they have deficiencies, and grow in their personal journey.

Getting started with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for a child typically involves several steps. ABA therapy is often used to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Here’s a general outline of the process

Getting started with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for a child typically involves several steps. ABA therapy is often used to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Here’s a general outline of the process

Getting started with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for a child typically involves several steps. ABA therapy is often used to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Here’s a general outline of the process

ABA therapy offers unique benefits to children with autism, but it’s essential to consider both its advantages and challenges.

Some of the positives of ABA therapy could include:

  • It works. Both the American Psychological Association and the United States Surgeon General categorize ABA therapy as an evidence-based treatment.
  • It’s highly customizable. Each child’s ABA journey is unique, and every treatment plan will differ based on the child’s age, needs, and more.
  • It empowers parents. Parents can apply the principles of ABA at home to maintain and support their child’s progress.

Some of the cons of ABA therapy could include:
  • It ‘s a large time investment. Studies have shown that intensity and duration are key to effective ABA treatment.
  • Results aren’t always immediate. Because ABA treatment doesn’t always teach simple, finite skills, it may take months or even years to master a skill.
  • It can be expensive without insurance. ABA therapy is recognized by major medical authorities as an effective autism treatment, and most insurance plans will cover it.
To dive deeper into the pros and cons of ABA therapy, check out this blog post.

Getting started with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for a child typically involves several steps. ABA therapy is often used to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Here’s a general outline of the process

FAQ

Do I need a referral from a doctor?

When first suspecting that your child may have autism, you may visit a doctor who can use a screening tool to determine if your child should see a specialist for further evaluation. While this isn’t a referral, speaking to a doctor can help you understand if your child is on track developmentally.

How many hours of ABA will my child need?

Each child’s journey with autism is unique, and commitment to ABA therapy requires anywhere from 15-40 hours per week. Children may need years of therapy to reach their personal objectives.

What outcomes/results will my child receive from ABA therapy?

A study by Kristen R. Choi, et al. determined that ABA therapy has the potential for improving communication skills, socialization, and reducing maladaptive behaviors. However, due to the varied nature of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses, results will differ on a case-by-case basis. Applied ABC has highlighted a few landmark successes in our Stories of Hope.

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