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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