Early Intervention is Key

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.

Autism from a Child's Perspective

For me, every day is Autism. Autism acceptance is what I need. I may not be able to communicate what I need, so my behavior is my way of communicating. Don’t reprimand me or punish me, help me. Be understanding that I may not have the skills to tell you what I need, but that I need you to use your skills to help understand what I need. When I learn how to communicate better, I have less behaviors. But when I am frustrated, I will have more challenging behaviors. Accept me, help me, advocate for me.

Keepin' It Natural Using NET

Keepin' It Natural Using NET

We live in an age of abbreviations. You may have seen a PCM to discuss a learner’s DD or ASD diagnosis. They may have suggested ABA to assist in strengthening their VB by using DTT, PRT, or NET. You could almost LOL but shrug it off because YOLO and would hate to admit that you have no idea what they are referring to.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

This Mother's Day, please rejoice in knowing how appreciated you are. None of us is perfect, and mistakes are certainly made, but that's not the point. Rest in knowing how relentless you've been as a parent. Rest in knowing in that you've inspired many of us to reach a bit higher, and to dig a bit deeper.

WHY JOURNAL?

WHY JOURNAL?

When Bret, our good friend and website extraordinaire, suggested a journal for our site, I knew immediately that this would be a great idea. Why? Our field can often feel scattered and dispersed. This is a solution to that disconnection that we often feel.

TOKEN ME!

TOKEN ME!

We once had a dad say, "We're really glad that we made the switch to Patterns. Please just keep us away from using one of those star chart token things." His son was 12, and he thought it was really inappropriate to be using this system that looked like it was made for a young child. He was right!