If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many villages to provide quality services to children with special needs. Each village is made up of professionals with specific knowledge. They speak different languages and have different rules, but children receive the best services when everyone works together. Providers also benefit, gaining skills and building relationships with each other. This collaboration is so important it has a name - coordination of care.
When starting applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA) with your child, you are introduced to a whole new world of terms and acronyms which can be very confusing. An extremely common acronym is ABC or ABC data. ABC refers to a behavior sequence and stands for Antecedents Behaviors and Consequences. Taking data on the ABCs is important because it helps your treatment team understand why problem behavior occurs. It is also important to help us track the effectiveness of behavior interventions. Below we break down two of three components of the ABCs; the antecedents and the consequents.
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Two words that strike fear in most parents are toilet and training.
Toilet training, or "potty training", can be a scary process for any family but it may be particularly challenging for families of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research shows that children diagnosed with autism are often delayed in achieving toilet training success and that it may take more time to complete the toilet training process than other children. Potential barriers may include language deficits that may make it difficult for the child to say “I need to go potty!”, difficulty dressing and undressing when it is time to go, change in routines leading to negative behavior, or having aversions to the noises, smells, and bright lights that are associated with bathroom time.
If you’ve ever felt the fear of realizing that your child is missing, you know it is a feeling you never forget. Parents know, and research confirms, that children with autism are more likely to “wander” or “elope” – in other words, they will leave their house or immediate area without alerting an adult.
Applied Behavior Analysis, or “ABA,” is the use of scientific principles of behavior and learning to change or improve a child’s interactions with other people and items in his or her environment. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence based practice, meaning decades of research have shown that the strategies are effective in changing behavior. We know this to be true, because a good Applied Behavior Analysis program has specific goals and data to support whether a child is making progress towards those goals!
A recent article in The Atlantic highlighted a positive trend among top American employers – companies recognizing the benefit of, and seeking out, employees with autism.
Many companies strive to have a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and including careers for people with autism is just one way to achieve such neurodiversity. In the last year, several major companies have developed job training programs, including the accounting firm EY (formerly Ernest & Young), Microsoft, and Ford Motor Company’s “FordInclusiveWorks.”
Behavioral interventions have proven useful in teaching a wide variety of skills in children and adults alike. Perhaps one of the most documented groups of people to benefit from ABA therapy has been young children with autism spectrum disorders. The quote below from the 2007 article in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics summarizes those outcomes:
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Help! My child freaks out when I try to cut his hair. Is he destined to be a long haired hippy or can systematic desensitization work for us?
All kids balk at certain activities they must participate in. You'd be hard pressed to find a preschooler who participates willingly the first time they visit the dentist or who sits perfectly for their first haircut. For kids who have autism, these routine rites of passage and many other regular daily activities pose huge problems.
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