Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. ASD includes a broad spectrum of symptoms which vary in type as well as severity for each individual. People with autism often have; difficulty with communication, difficulty interacting with others, restricted interests and repetitive patterns of behavior all of which affect daily functioning.
Some people with autism will require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less. While there is no cure for autism, autism does not need to be perceived as something negative or that it will prevent the person from experiencing happiness and purpose.
Interventions such as ABA can result in a reduction in symptoms and dramatic improvements in functioning. In addition there are many strengths associated with autism such as; attention to detail, a deep focus, strong observation skills, an ability to absorb and retain facts, exceptional visual skills, expertise in a specific topic or area, an ability to spot patterns and repetition, unique thought processes, honesty and integrity and resilience.
At Highlights Healthcare we support and promote the abilities of each individual and are grateful for the contributions individuals with autism have made to our world and communities.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that is focused on the science of learning and behavior as well as the relationship between the environment and a person’s behavior. ABA is recognized by the Surgeon General and the Academy of Pediatrics as the most effective treatment for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. ABA programs are individualized and focused on improving the lives of individuals and their families in meaningful ways.
ABA is Applied targeting “socially significant” behaviors that are inclusive of the individual’s unique strengths and needs. The B represents Behavior, which is anything a person does. ABA focuses on increasing some behaviors while simultaneously decreasing others. This may include increasing skills in communication, play, social behavior or adaptive skills while decreasing behaviors that get in the way of learning. The A represents Analysis. Your child’s behaviors will be tracked using real time data collection which is analyzed by the Behavior Analyst to determine progress, treatment fidelity and the effectiveness of programs.