ABA Therapy Can Help Improve Verbal Behavior

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					Autism spectrum disorder can take many forms. For many children, it is
first diagnosed by verbal developmental delays and by an inability to
communicate thoughts and ideas in a verbal manner. This is unfortunately
a very common occurrence for children with autism spectrum disorder, and
while it is certainly difficult for both parents and children, the good
news is that there is treatment available. ABA therapy, or Applied
Behavior Analysis therapy, is very effective at helping to improve verbal
behavior for autistic children, and it is the most widely approved
treatment available for children with an autism spectrum disorder.ABA
therapy works through the use of discretionary trial teaching. This
method of teaching essentially breaks down a desired behavior or action
into the most basic possible steps. Each step is repeated as often as
needed until it is able to be mimicked. The steps are first taught using
verbal and other prompts, and as the child learns to mimic the behavior,
the prompts are slowly taken away until the child can exhibit the action
on his or her own. When this happens, the next step is taught and so on
until the behavior itself has been learned.ABA therapy is incredibly
effective, and part of this is due to the way that attention is given
throughout the process. While most children learn and benefit from
scolding and correction, the same is not true for children with autism
spectrum disorder. Instead, scolding or correction is still seen as
attention, and positive and negative attention are not weighed
differently. With ABA therapy, negative or unwanted actions and verbal
behaviors are simply ignored, while appropriate actions and behaviors are
rewarded through praise or other rewards. This helps to teach children
that appropriate behaviors will offer attention, while negative behaviors
award none.Whenever a child is experiencing verbal delays or
communication problems, ABA therapy should certainly be considered. Many
school systems offer the training, and there are excellent DVD courses
available for both parents and schools. For most children, receiving
intensive ABA therapy at both home and school at the earliest age
possible offers the most hope for recovery. With proper training, many
children are even able to function in a traditional classroom setting.
ABA therapy is truly beneficial for children with autism spectrum
disorder and can help make life much easier for parents and children
alike, especially when it comes to teaching verbal behavior skills.

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