If your child receives ABA therapy, you’ve likely heard a whole lot of talk about reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is at the center of what we do and once an effective reinforcer has been identified for your child, you’ll be amazed at how effective this can be! Positive reinforcement can be used to increase any behavior, including potty training, eye contact, communication, play, skills, and so much more!
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 with autism, these routine rites of passage and many other regular daily activities pose huge problems.
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At Thrive, one of our primary goals is to make learning fun. The first step towards this for us is to work hard to build great rapport with our clients! Our hope is that, at the end of the day, through fun and effective ABA, our clients will increase not only their assessment scores, but also their happiness and the happiness of their families.
Bullying and teasing is a very real fear for children with autism and their parents. While many parents and teachers offer suggestions with the best of intentions, it’s often horrible advice – and our teens and preteens know it! Just tell the teacher? Ask them to stop teasing me? Unfortunately, in most situations, we are setting our teens up for further social stigma.
Are you concerned about your child’s development? Do you think your child might be showing signs of autism? Although the signs of autism can be complicated and specific to each child, parents should always trust their instincts. There are ways to find answers to alleviate or confirm any suspicions you may have. If you think your child might be showing signs of autism, there is a screening tool to help you find guidance.
As awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spreads, it is becoming increasingly common for many adults to begin to recognize signs and symptoms of autism in themselves and seek out more information. As many of these adults learn, finding information and answers isn’t typically a straightforward and simple process, as resources for adults with autism can be difficult to secure. Frequently, when resources are located, many people find long waitlists for diagnostic evaluations and a lack of professionals providing ongoing support services. Learning more about how autism may impact a person as an adult may be a helpful first step on this journey.
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.
One of the hallmarks of Autism Spectrum Disorder is difficulty related to social interactions. These difficulties can be mild, like difficulty keeping a conversation going, or more intense, like self-isolation. It can be difficult as a parent to feel like your child will have to work harder to have close friendships. Through ABA, we can work to improve social interactions and make it easier for your child to engage with his or her peers.
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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