Help Children Meet Their Maximum Potential

If your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it can be a life changing diagnosis and although there are many questions parents will have about how best to support their child, it is important to remember that your child is still able to fulfill their potential. Children with autism are capable of reaching milestones in their life and have the capacity for great things. By receiving a diagnosis for autism, it just means that you have additional access to  different strategies and tools that you can use to help your child see and reach their maximum potential and capacities.

At The Cardinal Center for Behavioral Analysis, we believe that all children living with autism deserve to have a positive environment that sees their potential and values their need for growing, learning, and healthy development. Our dynamic team of licensed and highly trained professionals work to create a specific treatment plan for the children that come to our center.   Within our plans are goals that will help kids develop the tools and coping strategies they need to help them reach their full potential. Children and parents will be supported with specific therapies for treating and managing presentations of autism that will help to establish what motivates your child, develop positive reinforcement strategies and discover tools to overcome any challenging or maladaptive behaviors or responses through effective therapeutic methods.

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Common Types of Children's Autism Therapy

Autism therapy is offered in varying methods that will treat and manage a range of behavioral expressions. As autism is a spectrum disorder, each child will experience different challenges with autism that will require specific therapy approaches to help increase the ability to manage these expressions. Manifestations and challenges that children with autism may experience are vocal and non-vocal communication, social skills, challenges with repetitive behaviors, or maladaptive behaviors. Specific therapy methods will work to target these development areas and provide you and your children with the necessary tools to manage expressions of autism and learn how to navigate the world around you with effective tools and strategies. Therapy options for children with autism include:

● Applied Behavior Analysis

● Speech pathology that will support you child in developing language and social skills

● Occupational therapy: This form of therapy will support children in developing life skills and learning how essential personal care skills such as hygiene, cleanliness, and healthy relationship skills

● Physiotherapy: This is ideal for any children that are experiencing mobility issues such as walking or other body movements

Medical therapies: Some children may be offered medicines to help aid in the treatment of autism symptoms

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a form of comprehensive treatment for autism that is based on the foundation that if positive behavior is reinforced and negative behavior is redirected or offered an alternative behavior then the desired behavior will persist and maladaptive behavior will decrease. ABA takes this ideology and creates a therapeutic toolkit that will work with children to address any challenging behaviors and learn strategies to overcome those challenges. Autism has varying levels of presentations and impacts that need to be treated through a number of methods and strategies that will support positive social, emotional, and developmental growth. ABA incorporates several therapeutic methods within the individualized treatment plan of the child. The goal for children engaging in ABA is to help foster independence while gaining skills for communication, social interactions, and life skills all within an engaging, fun format that your child will enjoy and thrive in.

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How is Applied Behavior Analysis Used for Children's Autism Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a common form of therapy for children with autism as it aims to support children in learning new behaviors and shift their challenging behaviors due to negative stimuli or environments. To begin ABA therapy, children will often go through an initial assessment that focuses on the child’s current skills and challenges . From there, a treatment plan will be developed that has specific goals and objectives that will work towards skill development in areas that the child is facing difficulties within. Throughout an ABA treatment schedule, therapists will assess the child’s skill development and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed to foster optimal growth and development.

An ABA treatment plan will utilize various evidence-based therapies that will focus on behavioral skills and life skills development. Therapies often utilized in an ABA treatment plan are:

● Discrete Trial Training (DTT): This method will support children with autism in learning new skills such as speech or language, sign language skills if needed, daily living skills, or writing skills. DTT is not a therapy session but is used as a coaching method to work with children to establish new skills sets through teaching that is catered to their developmental needs.

● Naturalistic Environment Teaching (NET): This method supports children with autism learning in an environment most natural to them, incorporating their favorite toys, games, and activities.  For instance, language may be taught and developed using their favorite songs.

● Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI): This form of therapy helps to promote skill development, learning, and behavior change by simplifying tasks by breaking them down into smaller tasks.

● Incidental Teaching: This form of teaching works with autistic children through natural learning opportunities. It is based on the ideology that learning new skills becomes easier when it is done in natural environments and situations and relies on the child’s natural interests for learning opportunities.

● Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT): This treatment is based on the teaching techniques for children that are focused on the pivotal developmental areas for children with autism: motivation, self-initiation, self-management, responsiveness to multiple cues. By focusing on these core developmental areas, it helps to set children up for further development in complex skills and behavior.

● Positive Behavior Support (PBS): This therapy method works to improve a child’s communication skills by learning new tools and methods of communicating what they want or need. Developing positive methods of communication helps the child to learn how to interact and socialize with others in a positive, healthy manner.

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The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis: A Place for Children's Autism Therapy

At The Cardinal Center, we believe that each child has the right to be engaged in a treatment and therapy program that speaks to their individual needs while engaging them in fun, supportive ways. Our comprehensive treatment plans for children are based around the unique needs and circumstances of your child. Our team will create a safe, engaging environment for your child that will support healthy development while also allowing your child to have fun at the same time. Our team of highly trained and compassionate staff are waiting to hear from you and begin your family on a treatment plan that will enhance you and your child’s life, call us today.

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