Autism screening has become a significant part of the child wellness exams, during their infancy and toddler years. Early detection is the key to early intervention. Autism can now be detected as early as 18 months old. Early detection allows for early intervention to help support the developing brain.
While typically developing children may pick up skills while playing and interacting with others, children diagnosed with Autism may not. The earlier skill development is implemented for children diagnosed with Autism; the earlier skill development may begin. Which allows the child to communicate more efficiently and have fewer challenging behaviors.
The significance of ABA based early intensive autism treatment began 3 decades ago with Dr. Ivar Lovaas research. When children received upwards of 40 hours of ABA Therapy weekly, for a 2-year span, research showed that approximately 50% of the children were able to “catch up” in their instructive and intellectual functioning. The consensus is that children who receive intensive ABA Therapy services within their early years, on average of 40 hours per week for a 2-year time-frame, had larger gains in cognitive functioning overall.
Although “intensive therapy” may not sound “fun,” ABA Therapy is a fun and meaningful course of intervention.ABA Therapy integrates developmental skills, social skills and appropriate play into each session. Therapy is often connected with daily activities personalized to the child’s interests and life situations.ABA Therapy, when appropriately applied, is a positive experience for the child. Learning is presented with appropriate supports to the child feels successful, in turn causing the child to increase engagement to continue to learn.