If you have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you have probably heard of ABA therapy, but what is it, and who does it benefit? Does it benefit any children beyond those with ASD?
My World ABA explains who can benefit from ABA therapy.
What Is ABA Therapy?
ABA stands for applied behavioral analysis, and it is a method of therapy that strives to encourage positive behaviors and lead away from negative behaviors. It is a therapy based on positive reinforcement, where goals are made, and rewards are given for positive behaviors.
ABA therapy is not one-size-fits-all because it is usually tailored to the individual needs of each child. Children typically work one-on-one with a therapist in a comfortable or familiar setting, sometimes even in their school or home living room.
The long-term goal of ABA therapy is to help the child learn positive skills and behaviors that will set them up to be more independent and successful in school and their daily lives.
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Who Does ABA Therapy Benefit?
ABA therapy is the primary treatment for both children and adults with ASD. It teaches them positive and helpful life skills, improves communication, and improves social skills.
It is also important for the main caregiver of the child or adult to become familiar with ABA therapy, as it will help them continue to manage skills at home, as well as assist the child in reaching goals.
But ABA therapy has also been shown to benefit several other disorders, including:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
Speaking with a child’s doctor could help you navigate if ABA therapy might benefit your child.
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My World ABA Autism Therapy in Springfield and Joplin, MO
My World ABA is the leading center for ABA treatment in both Springfield and Joplin, MO. Our team works with your child using certified ABA therapy techniques to help them learn more about themselves and the world around them. We support your child by creating an inclusive environment where they can play, build friendships, and be themselves.
To learn more about our services or answer additional questions, visit our website online or call (417) 818-5784 today.