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What Age Should Children Begin ABA Therapy?

Many children with autism benefit from therapies like ABA therapy to teach them vital skills for independence, including communication, behavioral, social, motor, self-care, and learning skills.

If your child has been diagnosed with autism, you might be wondering the best time to start ABA therapy for them. My World ABA, an ABA therapy provider with clinics in Springfield and Joplin, MO, explains ABA therapy and when it should begin.

What Is ABA Therapy?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a common therapy used to help children on the autism spectrum gain communication and positive behavioral skills. ABA therapy focuses on positive reinforcement and rewarding a child each time they perform a desired positive behavior. 

Each child who enters therapy has a program specifically designed for them and their needs. Because children can fall into different places on the autism spectrum and need help in different skill areas, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

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When Should ABA Therapy Begin?

There is no definite time when a child needs to begin ABA therapy, but a good approach is to start right after the initial autism diagnosis. For many children, this tends to occur between two and three years old. The earlier a child begins therapy, the earlier they begin to build the communication and social skills that can benefit them in school later on.

The child’s parents or caregivers also receive training in how to apply ABA techniques at home and how to better support their child, so the earlier they receive this training, the quicker they can help.

There is no wrong time to start, however, and even older children will begin to see benefits soon after beginning therapy. A BCBA-certified therapist will have the knowledge to develop a therapy program and goals that fit where your child is currently, no matter their age.

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Autism Therapy in Joplin and Springfield, MO

My World ABA is the leading center for ABA treatment in both Joplin and Springfield, MO. 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.