At Thrive Autism Solutions, our values are at the core of everything we do. One of these values is to “give hope through knowledge.” Whether it’s walking a family who’s coming to terms with a new autism diagnosis through the importance of early intervention, or collaborating with them to address a long-standing behavior concern, connecting our families to the resources they need is one of our favorite parts of our jobs.
With its insistence on evidence-based interventions, ABA therapy is uniquely equipped to lead families towards success. As families look into the myriad treatment options available to them, one of the most important considerations is whether this treatment has been supported through research—a tricky thing for families to navigate! One great resource for families is the National Autism Center’s National Standards Report. This report lists the interventions that are “established” (pg. 42) in the research on autism and that families should investigate further (many of which fall under the umbrella of ABA!), as well as the ones that are “unestablished” (pg. 72) and that families should avoid. A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) can work with families to select the interventions that are appropriate for their child.
Working with our families to prioritize and problem-solve the issues that are important to them is central to what we do at Thrive. These may include common concerns for parents, such as toilet training, or more unique and troubling issues such as self-injurious behavior. Regardless, a board-certified behavior analyst can guide the family through the research on that concern and, if needed, draw from the extensive expertise of our clinical staff across our five locations. In addition, Thrive’s emphasis on a team approach, including collaboration of care with the client’s teachers, pediatrician, and other therapists, allows for an exchange of knowledge across disciplines that can help to maximize our mutual effectiveness on issues such as feeding, or ones that may include a medical or academic component.
With all of this information, the behavior technicians and BCBAs on each team collect data on every skill being taught and meet weekly to analyze that data, making changes if necessary to ensure that the client is making progress on the goals that are important to them and their families!
At the end of the day, one of the main reasons we do what we do is to see hope in the eyes of our families—when their child learns how to communicate for the first time, or when they use a new coping skill instead of showing a challenging behavior. That’s why we do everything we can to connect families to new knowledge, research, and solutions.