"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."                        - B.F. Skinner 
Common interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

Deena provides parent training, one-on-one therapy with children, and works directly with school staff to create an environment most conducive to the child's success.

  • ABA programming can be effective in any setting, and ideally should be coordinated between all of the settings in which the child spends his/her time.

    • in the home - more hours of therapy per week will yield quicker results

    • in school - techniques should ideally be applied by as many of the therapists, paraprofessionals, instructors, health workers

    • in the community - on playgrounds, in community centers, in stores, etc.

  • A variety of ABA techniques can be implemented, based on the child's specific need

    • Discrete trial training​
    • Incidental teaching

    • Functional communication training, including PECS and sign language​​

    • Functional assessments

    • Task analysis

  • ABA programs are customized to each child's individual needs

    • The curriculum covers a broad range of teaching goals in these categories: verbal and non-verbal communication, social skills training, pre-academic skills, academic skills, pretend play, emotional skills

    • A comprehensive program will usually include these specific goals for a child who is starting out in ABA: appropriate sitting, attention, eye contact, motor skills, basic receptive and expressive language skills, play, and foundational skills of daily living. 

    • Ongoing staff training ensures that programs are implemented consistently across all individuals working with each child

  • Challenging behaviors commonly addressed using ABA

    • Adaptive skills

      • toileting​

      • eating

      • self-help skills

    • Inappropriate behaviors

      • Tantrums

      • Aggressive behaviors​

      • Non-compliance

      • Task-avoidance

    • Data collection is an important part of any intervention, as it tracks progress and indicates when changes should be made to reach more successful results

  • Programs can be relevant for 

    • Ages ranging from toddlers before an official diagnosis, through adults with a long-standing diagnosis of autism or other developmental disabilities

    • Functioning levels ranging from severe disabilities, through high functioning individuals who are integrated into mainstream settings

  • Parent training is an integral part of any treatment, to ensure that parents and professionals are implementing the same techniques so that the same successful outcomes will be evident across all environments 

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Deena Singer

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