Friday, January 13, 2012

ABA Training and the Autistic Child

It is interesting to note that ABA training is something that is used to give teachers, educators, and parents the skills that they need to help children with Autism to learn beneficial and meaningful behaviors. It is often mistaken as the actual treatment for the symptoms of Autism, but that is incorrect. Instead, ABA training is going to teach the parent or teacher about the best strategies to use for identifying, analyzing and seeking to resolve any problematic behaviors in the Autistic child.

Any ABA training itself is based on the science known as 'Applied Behavior Analysis' which analyzes and seeks to improve human social behaviors. It is not necessarily something applicable only or exclusively to the treatment of ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), but it is the most commonly applied therapy for most of the symptoms associated with Autism.

This is the reason that ABA training is so widely used and so highly sought after. For example, many school systems will use the training for teachers, classroom aides, and even for administrators. There are also many parents who seek some form of the training in order to help their children by developing an 'at home' program too.

In fact, it is the parents who actively use the ABA strategies that might see the best results. This is due to the fact that Autism is best treated as early as possible, and since it is most frequently diagnosed when children are between the ages of three to five, it means that parents might get a serious 'head start' by seeking out some teaching strategies in advance of the child's school years.

It is important to remember that most human behaviors are actually learned through observation and mimicry. Because an Autistic person is often without the ability to copy or imitate those around them, they can be impaired or develop destructive behaviors from a very early age. When parents find a good resource for training in ABA strategies, they can often intercede and begin to address the most difficult or problematic behaviors before they even have a chance to develop.

For example, if a three year old child is diagnosed with Autism, the parents can apply ABA strategies to help that child to develop good communication, socialization, and cognitive skills. They will be overriding the symptoms of the condition by doing so, which is actually a very beneficial thing to do because it allows the child to lead a much more independent and productive life.

Garrett Butch is the father of a 8 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group

Maximum Potential has developed courses that train parents and school systems how to work with children with autism.

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