Recently updated on October 25th, 2022 at 11:00 am
Parents and other adults who are caring for a child with autism may be overwhelmed with thoughts of “what now?” when the diagnosis is first made. The quickest and most efficient way to treat your child’s autism is to begin therapy as soon as possible, according to specialists.
In order to maximize your child’s treatment, it is crucial to start LCABA therapy as soon as they are diagnosed with autism. The sooner the intervention, the better. An “early start” improves the efficacy of any ABA therapy program for a number of significant reasons.
When your kid is diagnosed with autism, The LeafWing Center’s skilled and knowledgeable staff of ABA therapists will work with you to ensure that they receive a meaningful and successful ABA therapy program.
After a child is diagnosed with autism, there are several reasons to begin ABA therapy
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Generally speaking, when it comes to beginning ABA therapy, “earlier is better.” It is usually recommended to start ABA therapy as soon as a child is diagnosed with autism. Children experience more frequent key stages of development when they are younger. During these crucial stages of maturation, the person is very receptive to stimuli in their environment. In the long run, it is beneficial to introduce particular ideas throughout these formative years.
Additionally, a child’s time in school will be more fruitful and meaningful the earlier they master crucial and age-appropriate behaviors and abilities. If the necessary prerequisite skills are targeted early on, the child will be able to access more of the curriculum. For instance, a kid who learns to count from 1 to 10, begin social play interactions, and raise their hand to ask for help during ABA therapy may be better able to take in the intellectual and social environment at school.
The Advantages Of Beginning ABA Therapy Early
Early intervention, according to research, can enhance problematic behaviors and a child’s general development. The need for early intervention also stems from the need to deal with difficult behaviors before they have a chance to become ingrained over time. Without a tailored, function-based intervention strategy, problematic behaviors may deteriorate over time (increase in frequency, length, and intensity, for example).
This is so that behaviors can be strengthened over time by reinforcement. Without a behavior plan in place, a young child who exhibits challenging behaviors frequently may unintentionally reinforce those behaviors, increasing the likelihood that they will get worse over time.
Early intervention offers the knowledge and abilities required to position the kid for long-term success. A child will be able to access more social and learning contexts as they become older the more abilities they have at an early age. In fact, teaching “pivotal behaviors” and “behavior cusps” is an essential feature of ABA programs, especially in the early phases. Although these two concepts are connected, they refer to actions that, when learned, lead to fresh, advantageous changes in a child’s life in many other domains.
To stop your child’s autism from getting worse, start ABA therapy.
Can the signs that constitute a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) deteriorate? Yes, however, the symptoms can get improved with the correct ABA therapy provider.
It is critical to pinpoint precisely what these symptoms or issues are for families who are just beginning their ABA-based therapy services at home and/or in a school setting. These symptoms can either be treated directly or indirectly by the ABA services when adequate treatment programs have been identified, assessed, planned, and implemented. A sound, the all-encompassing treatment plan may assist improvements over the specified period of time with the help of a BCBA.
A person with autism spectrum disorder, whether a child or an adult, may exhibit any of the following symptoms in addition to limited, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities:
- Performs motions that are repeated, such as hand flapping, spinning, or rocking.
- Carries out actions that could lead to self-harm, like biting or head-bashing.
- Establishes specialized habits or rituals and is bothered by even minor changes.
- Demonstrates unnatural movement patterns or coordination issues, such as clumsiness or walking on tiptoes, as well as unusual, stiff, or exaggerated body language.
- Is entranced by an object’s small elements, such as the toy car’s spinning wheels, but is unaware of the object’s larger meaning or function.
- Highly sensitive to touch, light, or sound, but may not be bothered by pain or temperature
- Does not play a pretend or imitation game.
- Focuses or is intensely fixated on something abnormally.
- Has particular dietary preferences, such as consuming only a select few foods or shunning foods having a particular texture.
Autism Therapy Treatment
At Learning Continuum, we place a strong emphasis on developing adaptable learners in our students. By utilizing several tools and instructional strategies during each therapy session, we go beyond conventional ABA therapy procedures.
We teach our pupils how to react to various spoken and written directions, as well as to various types of materials, teaching methods, and teachers. Indoor and outdoor therapy sessions will be offered to further promote flexibility. Early flexibility instruction prepares kids to adjust to changes in their environment.
Our institution employs a large number of specialists, thus we are aware that you might be collaborating with several of them. To work with occupational therapists and speech therapists, we provide on-site therapy rooms.
The hours of our treatment plan are adjustable, though, if you prefer that your kid receives speech and occupational therapy off-site. We are willing to work with you to ensure that your child receives the greatest support available while they pursue their objectives.