Program Design, Development and Implementation

Developing Individualized Treatment Plans for Patients with Autism and Related Disorders

Research has shown that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the best methodology for teaching appropriate communication, social, academic, and behavioral skills to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Through its Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Trumpet Behavioral Health is able to provide a highly skilled autism therapy team that can work with healthcare professionals to provide an individual education plan for those with autism. Unfortunately, ABA is not a panacea for treatment. There are many other elements that need to be in place to make sure that the individual education plan is implemented effectively and is working for a child or adolescent on the autism spectrum. Trumpet Behavioral Health has compiled a list of recommendations that are most crucial in successful autism treatment plans. This checklist can help healthcare professionals function at the highest level in providing care for those on the autism spectrum.

Five things that healthcare professionals should consider to ensure an optimal behavior intervention program for autism:

  • The interventions must be based on assessments that explain why the child with autism uses certain problem behaviors (i.e., to obtain a tangible item or activity, to gain attention, to avoid or escape a situation, or because the behavior itself is reinforcing)
  • Autism interventions should teach and reinforce appropriate social and communicative behaviors
  • Intervention strategies should be consistent, reviewed frequently, and based on reliable and accurate data
  • Environmental factors may impact children with autism and affect their behavior, just as they may impact anyone’s behavior. These factors may include divorce, a change in routine, military deployment, change in staff, natural disasters, etc.
  • Frequent communication and collaboration is crucial between healthcare professionals, parents, caregivers, behavior specialists and educators. A communication log that shares data collected between all those involved in the program is vital for success.