Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control describes ASDs as: "developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary—from gifted to severely challenged. An ASD begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person's life."
What is Evidence-Based Practice?
Evidence-based practice (EBP) means using the best, research-proven assessments and treatments for our clients. This means that we stay in touch with the research literature and use it as a part of our clinical decision making. EBP also means weighing the value of each part of the research evidence with clinical data and informed client choice. In other words, we need to know what the research says, share this knowledge in an unbiased way with our clients and their parents, and together make decisions about programs and treatment plans based on our evaluation.
There is no debate: early intervention is your child’s best option for treatment. Early attention to improving the core behavioral symptoms of autism will give your child the best possible outcomes. An early intervention program with BehaviorWorks will provide your child with one-on-one instruction that will build on his or her strengths to teach new skills, improve behaviors, and remediate areas of weakness. We will provide you with information that will help you better understand your child’s behavior and needs, and provide resources, support, and training as needed.
What do you mean by Intensive ABA?
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior that began with the work of B.F. Skinner over 70 years ago. Skinner discovered that the causes of behavior can be uncovered through careful investigation of the social and physical environment; in other words, the causes of behavior are outside rather than inside us. Understanding behavior analysis allows us to better understand human behavior. The principles of ABA have been well established through research, science, and application of evidence based practice. By applying ABA principles to the behavior of children with autism, who often cannot communicate, socially significant gains in communication and social skills can be made (Verbal Behavior Analysis).
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