Each child or adult with autism is unique and, so, each autism intervention plan should be tailored to address specific needs. Intervention can involve behavioral treatments, medicines or both. As parents, you should choose the right treatment for your child who is diagonsed with autism. Early intensive behavioral intervention involves a child’s entire family, working closely with a team of professionals. In some early intervention programs, therapists come into the home to deliver services. This can include parent training with the parent leading therapy sessions under the supervision of the therapist. Other programs deliver therapy in a specialized center.
You, as parents need to make sure that your child is receiving the intervention through highly trained therapists and/or teachers. A well-trained paraprofessionals may also assist with the early intervention under the supervision of an experienced professional with expertise in autism therapy. You should see through that the therapy is guided by specific and well-defined learning objectives, and the child’s progress in meeting these objectives is regularly evaluated and recorded. The intervention focuses on the core areas affected by autism. These include ABA, social skills, language and communication, imitation and play skills.
You may hear about children diagnosed with autism who reach “best outcome” status. This means they have scored within normal ranges on tests for IQ, language, adaptive functioning, school placement and personality, but still have mild symptoms on some personality and diagnostic tests. Therefore, you needto find the right behavioral therapy for your child. Before starting the treatment you should make sure that the ABA-trained therapist works with your child for 25 or more hours per week, systematically encouraging desired social and communication behaviors and actively teaching the kind of social interactions that other children learn intuitively. The list of goals may include improving attention span, building social interaction skills, and developing verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
Depending on your child’s specific needs and progress, other evidence-based approaches might be used. It is necessary for you to keep checking on the progress made by your child who has started the treatment. “Medication can’t fix autism itself but it can be useful if a child has some associated problems,” Dr. Rosenthal notes “When medication can help get the symptoms of the associated problem under control, we often see a big jump in a child’s progress.”.
It’s important for parents to understand that autism is often a lifelong condition, without any known cure. But good behavioral therapy is extremely effective, especially when it’s started as early as possible. It’s not a question of whether a child with ASD can make progress – it’s a question of how much progress.
You will have a team of professionals on your side. Just be sure to do your own research which will add up to sooner recovery of your child. You can ask questions to the therapists. Don’t assume you’ll automatically be offered all the programs that are available – ask the schools and service providers for what you think your child needs.
Through Learning Skills Academy, you’ll have great professionals on your team and you should trust them to do their jobs, but if the road gets bumpy, be ready to advocate for your kid. For children on autism, typical services include speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological evaluation, and applied behavior analysis (ABA). You can also receive training to use these techniques so a child’s new skills can be reinforced at home or at the centre using our program schedule as here.