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Guide to Pediatric ABA Therapy

ABA therapy services are evidence-based and scientifically proven methods to help children learn social and emotional skills, as well as self-regulation and independence. A licensed professional will create a plan tailored to your child’s specific goals, then use sessions to teach your child these new skills.

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often qualify for ABA therapy. Learn more about what symptoms to watch and when to contact Effective Interventions.

Does My Child Need ABA Therapy?

Many children with ASD or other developmental disabilities benefit from ABA therapy. This practice has received approval from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association (APA).

We offer ABA therapy sessions for youths between 18 months and 21 years old. Not all children with autism will need this therapy — it’s up to your family to decide if it’s best for you. If your child needs assistance to foster independence and social skills, you may want to consider ABA services.

In most cases, the earlier your child starts ABA, the better. When you notice specific behaviors associated with ASD, consider contacting a professional to help you decide whether your child will benefit from ABA services and set up your child’s first sessions.

Symptoms That May Require ABA Therapy

Children with ASD may display certain symptoms that could require ABA therapy. Several of the most common reasons families opt for these services include:

  • Difficulty with communication or social interaction
  • Not learning age-appropriate self-care skills
  • Challenges with decision-making
  • Lack of self-regulation skills
  • Difficulty with change
  • Potential sensory issues
  • Trouble identifying their emotional state
  • Issues with self-injury or aggression

These symptoms are common in children with ASD diagnoses. ABA therapy can help children develop positive skills and manage triggers, providing increased independence and self-regulation.

Benefits of Hiring an ABA Therapist for Kids

If your child or teenager would benefit from having ABA therapy, it’s essential to find the right ABA practitioner. Your ABA therapist should be either a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

These professionals have the necessary education and experience to provide exceptional ABA services. Your child’s ABA practitioner should perform an initial assessment to see where they are currently. The therapist should use that information to develop a customized plan with your and your child’s input about overall goals.

An ABA therapist is dedicated to their work. They understand that no two children with autism are the same and that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to ABA. The practitioner will devise a concrete plan tailored to your child’s specific needs and use best practices to help your kid get there.

A compassionate practitioner with the right education and collaboration skills will ensure your child can learn new social and emotional skills.

How to Choose the Right ABA Therapist for Your Child

Choosing the right ABA therapist for your child or teenager is as important as deciding they need additional help. A trustworthy and reliable ABA therapist will benefit your child and help them grow. To find the right ABA practitioner, start by:

  • Examining their personality: You and your child should feel comfortable with the therapist. Their personality should be communicative, confident, patient and friendly. You can determine if a therapist’s personality is a good fit for you and your child by meeting with them to learn more about their approach.
  • Checking their professional background: You’ll want to know their educational background and experience. Know what degrees and certifications the therapist has received. You can also get more specific by asking about their time as a therapist, such as what specializations they have or if they have worked with people your child’s age.
  • Asking about their treatment plan: Inquire about the therapist’s proposed treatment plan for your child. Will they personalize the sessions to your child’s skills, needs and goals? Do they intend to look for triggers or patterns in your child’s challenging behavior and create a plan to change these actions?
  • Determining if they will involve parents and family: Find out if your child’s therapist will provide family and parent training and consultation. While the primary learning will occur during sessions, you should have a game plan for how you can foster skill transfers.

When picking an ABA therapist, ask the right questions, do research and find someone who respects your child.

How Effective Is ABA Therapy?

ABA therapy is an evidence-based approach to helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) grow. It is extremely effective and often considered the standard treatment for children with autism. ABA therapy can:

  • Improve your child or teen’s communication skills.
  • Help your child gain more independence.
  • Minimize negative behaviors, such as self-injury.
  • Increase your child’s socialization abilities.

This form of therapy is particularly effective for young children, though it shows results for people of all ages. Toddlers with autism who receive ABA therapy often succeed in attaining and maintaining these skills. ABA centers on teaching your children life-changing skills they may not have access to on their own.

Our practitioners give your child the support and teachings they need to learn skills that will help them succeed in day-to-day life. Children with autism deserve an effective therapy that can help them acquire new skills while respecting their boundaries, strengths and needs. Individualized ABA services — particularly at Effective Interventions — do just that.

About Our ABA Therapy Services

How does ABA therapy work? At Effective Interventions, our certified ABA practitioners can help any child with autism between 18 months and 21 years old. We provide family consultations and training to ensure you know the most effective methods for helping your child generalize new skills.

We will discuss treatment goals and your child’s strengths and use those to develop a personalized approach to ABA. Our practitioners use testing and monitoring to track your child’s progress. We offer ABA therapy in three settings:

  • Home: In the home, we can teach your child specific behaviors or stick to a more comprehensive plan. We can help your child develop self-care skills, stick with routines and follow parent instructions.
  • Clinic: During clinic sessions, we provide a structured environment for your child to learn new skills. Our practitioners work one-on-one with your child to teach them skills they can generalize to other settings, including social interaction techniques.
  • Community: Our team can work with your child in school, day care or camp environments. These natural settings help your child put their new skills into context and use them as necessary. Our practitioners work with the instructors and teachers to ensure progress is made.

At Effective Interventions, we ensure your child’s ABA therapy service is personalized so they can develop the necessary skills to gain independence and live fuller lives.

Contact Effective Interventions to Schedule an Appointment With a Certified ABA Therapist for Kids

If you believe your child between 18 months and 21 years old would benefit from ABA therapy services, Effective Interventions is here to help. Our experienced practitioners offer an individualized approach and provide family training for parents. Please contact us today to set up an appointment!