Receiving an autism diagnosis can be overwhelming for families, especially as they begin to explore the numerous considerations that come with getting their child the best care available. Fortunately, they can turn to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
ABA therapy has been shown to help children with autism improve their communication and social skills and develop self-care proficiencies, like toileting and feeding. When it comes to this treatment method, time is of the essence.
Start ABA Therapy as Soon as Possible
The research supporting ABA therapy suggests that early intervention is key to helping children realize their full potential. Therefore, healthcare providers typically recommend starting ABA services as soon as possible.
Without intervention, the gap in development between children with autism and their neurotypical peers widens over time. As a result, families should aim to enroll in an ABA program at the earliest possible moment to provide their children the greatest opportunity to overcome the challenges related to their autism.
Furthermore, early autism services can help provide a strong foundational skill set that reduces the likelihood of problematic behaviors down the road. A greater ability to communicate and regulate emotions tends to reduce frustration associated with children not having their needs met.
Delaying the Start of ABA Therapy can Prove Problematic
When it comes to ABA therapy, or assisting children with autism in general, families benefit from starting as soon as possible after diagnosis. Delaying treatment can have consequences.
Some families are unaware of ABA therapy or otherwise choose not to start it right away. While some parents may hold off because they believe that their child’s challenges will resolve over time, others are concerned about committing to ABA therapy.
Concerns are certainly understandable, but clinical research continues to indicate that postponing treatment can make existing problems worse while leading to new problems over time. Thankfully, the personalized nature of ABA programs means every child will get a customized treatment plan aimed at promoting key skills. The Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who tailor ABA programs to children with autism are adept at evaluating an individual’s needs and current circumstances. Such assessments are leveraged to formulate an optimal therapy strategy.
Stride Autism Centers Provides a Full-Day ABA Therapy Program for Children Ages 2 to 6
At Stride, we firmly believe that every child with autism deserves a future filled with joy, success, and independence. That is why our centers use an ABA therapy-based approach and cater exclusively to children with autism ages 2 to 6.
Stride’s best-in-class professionals understand the importance of comprehensive early intervention, and utilize one-on-one therapy in conjunction with structured group activities. Our full-day program is currently available in multiple conveniently located facilities across Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, with more centers planned in the future.
If you would like to learn more about our ABA program or are interested in enrollment for your child, please give us a call at 312-554-5578 (Illinois) or 515-207-5251 (Iowa & Nebraska). We look forward to speaking with you.