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Parents’ Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs for Autism and Related Disorders

Autism Behavior Intervention and Treatment

What is Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA Treatment)?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, systematic and evidence-based approach to understanding and changing behavior in order to improve people’s lives. By analyzing how an individual’s current behaviors function — meaning how those behaviors meet certain needs in a particular environment — a behavior analyst can identify ways to modify the environment and teach new skills that will improve an individual’s health and safety, ability to communicate, social relationships and independence.

For example, in an ABA session, a behavior therapist will reinforce desired behaviors or functional skills by providing desired outcomes, such as a candy, toys, games, praise, etc., when a desired behavior is exhibited. Behavior therapists will withhold reinforcements when undesired behaviors, such as tantrums and aggression, are displayed. Students quickly learn that desired behaviors will easily and quickly bring them desired results, whereas undesired behaviors will not bring about desired outcomes. Over time,  prompts and rewards are gradually removed to help the student learn to integrate desirable behavior in natural environments.

Research has shown that ABA is a very effective treatment for students with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays.

Overview

You’re the parent or family member of a child that has just been diagnosed with autism or a child who displays excessive behaviors. Or, you’re a parent who’s not exactly sure what the problem is, just that something is a little different about your child’s development. Wherever you are on your individual journey, there is hope. Hope through a caring partnership; hope through a network of compassionate, trained professionals; hope through positive progress and milestones.

Trumpet Behavioral Health understands your fears, hopes, anxieties and dreams about your child’s development. We work closely with parents and family members affected by autism to help improve behavioral challenges by implementing positive change techniques. These techniques decrease challenging behaviors at home, with extended family, and in school environments.

Getting Started

When your child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, it can be incredibly overwhelming and at times shocking. As a parent, or a family member living with someone who’s been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), you face daily challenges that don’t impact other families. You probably face more demands on your time, energy and even finances than other people do. You may not even know where to turn for help. Trumpet Behavioral Health can help you get started in your journey toward hope. We’ve put together this guide to outline some of the first steps you should take.

At Trumpet Behavioral Health, our goal is to help children and adolescents on the autism spectrum reach their potential. We help by providing individualized educational and clinical services. As a devoted, capable partner with you, we offer compassionate care coupled with professionalism and skilled training. We combine expertise and knowledge with clinical, technical and interpersonal skills to achieve successful behavioral outcomes …all with the goal of making your family’s life easier.

To begin, we work with you to create an individualized behavior program for your child based on what we learn from behavioral interviews and scientifically validated assessments. This information serves as a baseline as we fine-tune the treatment plan with additional observations. Our programs reflect the latest research on behavioral treatment and are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

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