"What kinds of Autism treatments are available for my child" is a very important question. There are different
options to explore. It is important to note that what might work for one individual may not for another. Even
families with more than one child with Autism sometimes have to try more than one form of Autism treatments.
Early intervention is important as children tend to absorb a great deal of information at a young age. Thus they
have a great chance of inclusion in a classroom and greater chances of success the most common treatment of Autism
is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) which works on correcting inappropriate patterns and correcting them with more
socially acceptable behaviors.
In the beginning, a toy or a favorite food may be used as reinforcement for appropriate response. Eventually, the
item will be removed from use when the behavior pattern becomes repetitive enough that the individual with Autism
no longer needs the reward.
ABA is an intensive program that involves a qualified instructor who may spend as much as 40 hours a week at first
with your child. ABA is a way of life as parents are expected to learn and follow through with it at home. Applied
Behavior Analysis can also be very expensive. Many families love it but it is very intensive.
The first step should be to read further by purchasing a book on ABA or talking with families who have experienced
PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is another Autism therapy that is often used by speech language
pathologists which has similarity to ABA in that it uses rewards as reinforcements when a picture is exchanged
between the individual with Autism and the worker. It is often used with non-verbal individuals as a way to start
Dr. Stanley Greenspan, a child psychiatrist, has developed a method entitled: "Floortime". In some ways, it is the
opposite of behavior modification. Sessions tend to take place at home where children are more comfortable. At
first, work or play is often done one on one. Later, as a child becomes more accepting, groups can be involved.
Child development workers, behavior therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists can be
involved in this form of Autism treatment. The basic idea by Dr. Greenspan method is to develop a relationship with
the child. Trying to create an emotional bond with the child, making eye contact with the child and teaching
parents how to play with their children in a non-traditional way by following the child's lead and eventually, the
child is willing to have you participate in what they are doing.
Many parents love this form of Autism therapy as they start to form an emotional bond with their son or daughter
which is one of the greatest obstacles to overcome with Autism. Floortime can be harder to establish with children
who are more severe in the fact that it can be difficult to get them to sit and play for extended periods of
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