The key to successful autism treatment is Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI). Research shows time and again that the earlier a child can begin ABA therapy, the more dramatic the results will be.
We see this compounding affect of progress in practice at JumpStart Autism Center every day: Although any child can benefit from behavioral therapy, those who are able to start at an early age and complete the intensive full-day program (30-40 hours per week) have the best chance of becoming indistinguishable from their neuro-typical peers within Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions.
For this reason, we urge parents to act immediately when a child fails to hit his or her developmental markers and/or if you have any concerns that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By obtaining a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and beginning therapy right away, you can make a significant difference in your child’s life and future.
The Importance of Early Intervention
Behavioral therapy, Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), using principles of ABA, verbal behavioral analysis, and learning theory, creates an environment where children with autism can learn these skills. And when these skills are taught at an early age they can form a foundation on which additional skills can be built later.
This is due largely to the plasticity of a child’s brain, the compounding affect of EIBI, and the power of young children to adapt. A child who is slow to learn language and social skills as a toddler can still develop these skills when taught in the right environment, allowing a child to “catch up” developmentally and go on to reach your dreams and hopes for them as an adult.
How ABA Therapy Changes Lives
Autism Spectrum Disorders affect all areas of a child’s development and a child’s ability to learn and generalize knowledge. It also inhibits imaginative play and empathy. These key factors are what make it so difficult for children with autism to learn language and social skills in traditional settings, where neuro-typical children frequently seem to learn through absorption everything in their environment.
ABA therapy creates an environment that is more conducive to learning for children with autism. It eliminates some of the confusion and uncertainty a child with autism might find when faced with more traditional methods of learning and instead replaces it with a structured system of teaching that makes more sense.
ABA is built around structure and routine, breaking skills into individual components and going over them until mastery is achieved. Children are rewarded at each step of the way when the correct behavior is learned; building habits that will become the basis of newer, more complex behaviors later in life.
To learn more about our program or to see about enrolling your child in our early intervention therapies, contact us today.