Education plays a key role in the educational success rate of children with autism. One of the primary treatment options parents are choosing is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. They have seen remarkable results and all children taking the therapy have shown some form of success as it applies to learning new skills. Of course, a child’s level of severity must be taken into consideration in such autism care expectations. Some children with autism have gained over 200 new skills during their months of treatment.
An astounding 1 in every 88 children has autism. The rate becomes 1 in 54 when considering only boys (as reported by Autism Speaks). The American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the fact that ABA therapy, combined with early identification, is the optimal treatment for autism. The later a child with autism is diagnosed, the more issues that he or she will be able to address the challenges of their disorder and reach full potential.
Every child is unique with different levels of severity. All children, regardless of ethnicity or family income status can be born with autism. Providing ABA therapy as autism care as early as possible after the child is diagnosed helps the child to become a more productive adult by not being reliant upon society. Children who reach their full potential are more likely to adapt and succeed in life while others are at high risk of school failure and other serious life problems.
Autism inhibits a person’s ability to learn, communicate or act appropriately in social situations. Children with Autism need extensive instructions to understand even the simple concepts of shape, size and length. There lies the concentration of ABA therapy. One of the best universities to teach ABA principles is found here in Texas: the University of North Texas (UNT). Many of these graduates and upper level professionals perform their required practicum and/or internship at Child Study Center right here in Fort Worth.
Any ABA therapy program is intense, and most of the time the therapists work in conjunction with the child’s special education teacher. Parents are always highly involved and take the principles of ABA home with them in order to help their child. Many children will participate in ABA therapy for months on end. Tutors and behavior analysts maintain exhaustive notes on each client. As a result, the child is able to reach his or her potential at their appropriate rate.
This disorder affects a major portion of the population. Beginning in 2008, many children with autism in the state of Texas may receive subsidized services. It would be good to check with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services on the major providers as well as the program at UNT in order to best help yourself. A good source of further information on autism care is Autism Speaks.