Social Skills Drastically Improve With ABA Therapy

While children with autism spectrum disorders are remarkably intelligent and capable, they learn differently than other children.  Because of this, many autistic children have difficulty knowing how to properly behave in social settings.  While many schools and outsiders seem to think that punishment or negative reinforcement would help to resolve the problem, parents and doctors both know that this is simply not true.  What does work for adapting social skills in people with ASD, however, is ABA Therapy.


ABA Therapy works by changing behaviors at their most fundamental levels.  ABA uses discrete trial teaching to produce a specific result to a specific situation.  This process is used in conjunction with a system of praise and reinforcements to teach children with autism that only certain types of behavior are rewarded with attention and praise.  By teaching these children the very core of good behavior, it helps them to understand the larger concepts and rules of proper social behavior.


ABA Therapy can teach children the skills they need for all aspects of life.  Whether they are preparing for school, their first trip to the store, or even the working world, ABA Therapy lays the foundation for proper behavior skills.  Behavior modification is a highly effective way of treating autistic children.  It is only with this treatment and with a developed set of social skills and proper behaviors that children are able to participate and exist in a classroom environment.  ABA truly gives children a chance to prosper and to live up to their maximum potential by building the groundwork for learning and adapting to a social setting.


ABA Therapy teaches much more than just social skills.  It truly helps children with autism to learn to understand fundamental concepts.  The repetitive nature of ABA Therapy serves to literally rewire the nerve pathways in the brain, effectively teaching these bright children how to learn the way many children do.  What is innate for most children, such as the ability to learn new skills through observing others, is something that must be developed in children with ASD, and ABA Therapy provides that.


All children with ASD can benefit from ABA Therapy.  Whether they have mild or severe social symptoms, ABA can help to ease children into a social setting by providing them the skills they need to truly thrive.  While ABA is not a cure for autism, it offers a chance for hope and gives children and parents the best chance for the normal life they have always wanted.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &

Picture Cards and Flash Cards Make ABA Therapy More Effective


As many parents of autistic children know, ABA Therapy is the only treatment that is proven effective for the treatment of ASD.  The only treatment covered by most insurers and offered by most schools, ABA Training works to rewire the neurons in a childís brain, helping them to create pathways that are present in the brains of most children and allowing them the ability to communicate and learn in much the same manner as their peers, and things such as pictures help to make this more effective.


Autistic children are remarkably bright.  One of the things that make them different, however, is that they do not possess the same ability to express themselves as many people.  They also learn differently, needing to be shown things that other children simply pick up by observing their peers.  ABA Therapy works to teach children these fundamentals of behavior and learning, and pictures are an excellent tool in helping to achieve this goal.


While most children quickly pick up on concepts by observing them, children with ASD need to understand things a bit more clearly.  For example, while most children inherently understand thunderstorms in their most basic form, a child with ASD will need to be taught about the sky and water and clouds and rain before the concept of a thunderstorm can be understood.  ABA Therapy utilizes pictures and flash cards to help teach children basic concepts.


There are many applications of picture cards in ABA Therapy.  In addition to helping to teach familiar concepts, they can be used to help teach children to identify details that are wrong or out of place, such as shoes on a cat or a tree in the sky.  Flash cards can teach ideas such as a sunset by showing the sun in each phase, showing the progression from beginning to end and giving the child an understanding of how the process works.


In all, flash cards are a valuable part of ABA Training.  While ABA Therapy as a whole is the most successful method of treating ASD, it is through the utilization of visual aids such as flash cards that many children see the most benefit.  Flash cards teach children with ASD concepts that many people take for granted.  It is through the use of these methods that ABA is able to offer these children the hope of a bright future, free from many of the symptoms of ASD.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &


Imitation through ABA Therapy Teaches Children to Learn

For most parents, the idea of teaching a child to learn is ridiculous.  Parents who have never had a child with an autism spectrum disorder often assume that all children are born capable of learning from the world around them with ease.  The truth is that ABA Therapy is a vital part of the learning process for children with autism, who are born without the ability to imitate and learn from all that they see.


Many of the fundamental parts of child developed are learned innately for most children.  As they see their peers and other people doing certain things, they simply learn and adopt these principles and behaviors.  Children with autism do not know how to imitate and thus how to infer and learn from the behaviors of others.  ABA Therapy uses specialized techniques to teach children to imitate behaviors and actions.  By using a system of repetitions and reinforcements, children are literally taught how to learn.


The way ABA Therapy works is by rewiring the parts of the brain responsible for learning.  These neural highways are often underdeveloped or developed differently in children with autism spectrum disorders.  Due to the remarkable adaptability of the human brain, however, ABA Therapy is able to literally alter these pathways, creating new neurons and pathways that allow these children to learn and infer much like their peers.


Whoever coined the saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery certainly captured the feeling of any parents who have an autistic child.  While many parents do not even notice when their child picks up a new character trait from the outside world, these parents celebrate it as a milestone.  For these parents, imitation is a wonderful feeling, something to truly be cherished.


ABA Therapy is not a cure for autism, and no known cure exists.  What ABA does offer, however, is a chance for recovery.  Many children with autism spectrum disorders have used ABA Therapy to help them lead completely typical lives, virtually indistinguishable from their peers.  Studies show that these skills follow the children well into adulthood and their working lives.  ABA Therapy has been the most popular and common treatment for autism for decades and the simple principle of teaching imitation has created thousands of success stories by truly teaching children how to learn.  With a track record like that it is easy to see why ABA is still the most commonly recommended treatment by doctors, parents, and school systems alike.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &

How ABA Therapy Doesn't Stop When School Starts


As many parents of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder know, ABA Therapy, when started early, has a primary goal of readying children for school by the time they are the appropriate age for kindergarten.  Early intervention therapy is designed to help prepare children with the learning and behavior skills they need to interact in a classroom of their peers.  This is a shared goal between both clinical and home ABA Training courses.  What many parents do not know, however, is that ABA does not stop when their child enters school.


ABA Therapy is ongoing.  While a child may not always need forty or more hours a week or more of intensive ABA Training, a routine is typically necessary even after enrollment in school.  For this reason, it is important for parents and school teachers and counselors to be in contact before school begins and to maintain close communication.  With good communication, parents and schools can synchronize curriculums and goals and work to help provide children the best education possible.  By working together to create a cohesive team, they can also make the transition into a new learning environment less stressful and traumatic and more exciting.


ABA Therapy at home should be synchronized with what the child is dealing with at school.  Lessons between school ABA Training providers and parents should run parallel, helping to keep the child focused and to help them learn quickly.  Well administered ABA Therapy can truly help children excel in school, not only keeping them on par with their peers but in many instances helping them to excel.


ABA Training is not solely designed to prepare a child for school.  The behaviors and learning methods learned through ABA Therapy are designed to carry a child throughout their lifetime.  This will help the child to not only excel in school, but to thrive in social situations and to prepare them for life in the working world when school is finished.  Studies have followed early participants in ABA Therapy into adulthood and have found that results of the training carry fully into these later years.  This helps to reaffirm the knowledge that it is the most successful treatment known for autism.


In short, ABA Therapy is an ongoing process.  While much of ABA Training occurs before school age in many children, the methods and teaching continue well after this period.  With proper training and effective teaching methods, ABA can truly help children prepare for life and to succeed not just academically, but in social and emotional settings as well.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &


Home ABA Therapy Can Work for Your Child

Many parents of autistic children feel torn in their approach to treating their child.  Often a lack of insurance coverage prevents them from being able to hire an ABA Training provider.  While home ABA Therapy is an option, many parents feel unqualified and worry that they may not be well suited to teach their children.  While not all parents are able to teach their children using ABA Training methods, the truth is that a great many parents can use this method effectively.  It requires no degree or special certification, only a willingness to stick to a curriculum and a devotion to providing your child the best possible hope for recovery.


ABA Training at home doesnít require a special degree, but it does require dedication.  Many parents purchase an ABA Training program, but when faced with questions find themselves stuck with no one to talk to.  That is why it is important for people who offer quality ABA Therapy programs to offer parents a way to take to specialized behaviorists and ABA providers.  When it comes to ABA and teaching children, having all the right information is very important.  With access to specialists who can help you develop a curriculum without the need to pay an ongoing fee for their services, parents find themselves in a position to finally provide their children with the quality of ABA Training that they deserve.


Another way that many parents find to make home ABA Therapy work is to seek training methods that are very well developed and scientifically sound rather than simply looking for an inexpensive alternative.  It is possible to find an affordable ABA program that is in-depth and truly designed to help your children reach their maximum potential.  Such programs are quite comprehensive and cover everything from behavioral reactions and data collection to fundamentals such as prompting, reinforcement, and discrete trial teaching.  These programs also cover all aspects of teaching, from helping children to understand common ongoing actions to helping them develop the ability to look at a picture and easily determine things that are out of place.  All of this serves to help them learn vital critical thinking skills.


In short, home ABA Therapy can be as successful as ABA Training in a therapistís office or other setting.  What is most important is what is being taught and that the teaching methods follow protocol.  When these things are happening, a home environment may actually prove more comfortable for a child and help to facilitate the childís transition into teaching with greater ease.  Home ABA Therapy enables all parents a chance to equip their children with the skill necessary for school and the outside world, and with the right course parents truly have the ability to give their children the lives they always wished for them.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &

Home ABA Therapy Can Be Inexpensive and Effective


Many parents of a child with ASD find themselves caught in a struggle between finances and what they would like to do for their child.  While some parents find that their insurance will cover intensive ABA Therapy, a growing number of parents find themselves underinsured or uninsured.  For these parents, finding treatment for their child at an early and formative age can be exceptionally difficult.  For parents struggling with this, or even simply for parents looking for a more hands on approach to their childís treatment, home ABA Training may offer a solution.


Parents should know that ABA Training is an intensive process, requiring 40 or more hours a week of training.  They should also know that in the beginning, many children do not wish a sudden change in routine, which can cause crying, screaming, or even self injurious behavior.  It is important to follow ABA protocol and to not recognize these behaviors unless the child is in danger, as the training will stop these behaviors but only if they are not rewarded with attention.  This fact can be hard for many parents, and the inability to maintain this aspect of therapy can reduce success rates for home treatment, but with proper training and technique, home ABA Training can be as successful as training sought anywhere else.


While stressful for any child at first, ABA Therapy at home can also be comforting.  Familiar faces, voices, and surroundings often help children to settle into the process sooner.  This means a shorter period of unease for your child and more time to actually teach.


Home ABA Therapy requires as much devotion as therapy in a professional setting.  Proper training is required, but can be purchased for far less than professional ABA Therapy and will ongoing support from teachers and other parents.  Home ABA Therapy is designed to provide an alternative not only for parents who could not afford standard ABA Training, but for those who were dissatisfied with other providers or who simply want to help their children learn in a comfortable environment.


Home ABA Training is an excellent option.  Many parents and children alike find that it helps to better facilitate the learning process by providing a comforting and familiar environment.  While parents should understand that the process may be uncomfortable at first, it often transitions quickly into a positive learning environment.  With home ABA Therapy, you can help prepare your child for school while experiencing the joy of witnessing so many landmark events in your childís life as you watch them grow from quiet and introverted children into kids that want nothing more than to smile, laugh, play, and just be children.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &


Early Intervention With ABA Training

For many parents of a child with Autism or an Autism Spectrum Disorder, there are a large number of terms that are thrown at you rather quickly. While you are still struggling to come to terms with the diagnosis, it can be frustrating to have all of this information given to you quickly and before you can process it all.  One of the terms you are likely to hear is early intervention.  This term applies to the idea that catching and treating Autism early, through a method such as ABA Therapy, can make a significant difference in your childís chances of recovery.  The truth is that early intervention truly does make a large difference.


It is important to understand that there is hope for children with ASD.  Even if your child is older, ABA Training can have a remarkable impact and can change the lives of your child and your family as a while.  Early intervention, however, does offer the most potential.  When started early, during your childís most formative years, ABA Training offers significant hope of helping to rewire certain synapses in their brains, effectively teaching them how to learn and to think critically and creatively.


ABA Therapy works through repetition and rewards.  While this does mean that the same question is asked time and again until the child can answer without prompt, ABA Therapy is not rote memorization and children are eventually able to answer questions that they have not been provided the answers to.  ABA Training works to teach children how to weight different stimuli in regards to importance, how to react and behave properly, and perhaps most importantly, how to critically think and come up with ways to solve problems and answer questions.


Many people shudder when told that ABA teaches children to think or learn, but it is not insulting.  Children with ASD are exceptionally bright and filled with potential, but they are born without the basic ability many of us have to express themselves or to show their creativity and independent thought.  It is simply a part of their brains that did not develop and thus must be trained, and not a measure of inferiority or difference.  Early intervention helps this rewiring to work by introducing it as the childís brain is still forming, often allowing them to enter school on time and maintain grades and behaviors on par with their peers.


Early intervention through ABA Therapy is an excellent way to teach children.  In fact, it is the only treatment covered by most insurance companies.  Teaching children begins early and at home for all parents, but for children with an ASD, it can be absolutely crucial in ensuring that they have the most normal lives possible.

Christy Butch is the Mother of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.  &