Best Friends

By Jeff Stimpson

Last summer, when my 13-year-old son Alex was bolting from our apartment almost daily, I hit the roof. Something about Alex leaving the apartment and bursting in on neighbors made me raise my voice more than I wanted to even in middle age and even in this economy. My wife Jill helped me see that was time to bring in help.

“Danny’s coming? Rhonda’s coming? Danny’s coming?” Alex says these days. He’s talking about the folks we found to … what? Babysit? That doesn’t sound right for a boy who’ll be 14 next summer. It does sound right a boy who has autism. We found Danny (not his real name) on Craigslist; we found Rhonda (not her real name, either) through the psychology department of a local college. They take Alex on bus rides to locations as varied as Burger King to the Queens Hall of Science.

“Danny’s coming? Rhonda’s coming? Danny’s coming?”

“Yes, Alex. He/she is coming in an hour or so. Just be patient.”

“Danny’s coming?! Rhonda’s coming?! Danny’s coming?!”

“Alex, be patient!” He used to just say “Mommy!” or “Daddy!” He still does. But now he says other names. He asks if people are coming hours before they are coming (which we tell him, and he keeps asking). By the morning of Black Friday this year, Alex was bored out of his mind. He didn’t want to “do” letters with me, he didn’t want to pick up his room or put laundry away, jobs he usually throws himself into. He shouted into his iPad.

He would slip on his shoes, hoodie and backpack. “Take a walk!” he would say. “Wanna walk!” Alex, who will be 14 next summer and who still watches Elmo and “Barney,” has a clear need to see the world. He flies onto the buses now for overnight and summer camp; he totes his own luggage; he grabs the shopping bags of gifts or food to head to grandpa’s or Aunt Julie’s for family parties, even though he’s likely to spend the time there holed up in a spare bedroom with his iPad.

Still, I guess, the walls of that spare bedroom or that camp bunkhouse will not be the same old walls of his apartment; this seems to spur him. I wish I knew for sure.

Alex, does this spur you?

Spur you!

Alex, do like getting out more?

Getting out more!

I wish we could have these “companions” every day for many hours, but I’m two-and-a-half years unemployed, and these guys charge a lot. They won’t be there, can’t be there, every day that Alex slips on his backpack (Wanna walk!), and that hits me in the middle. In what I hope will be a trend for the future, Alex’s little brother Ned provides a voice that helps bring me off the roof. “At least,” says Ned, eying the iPad, “he’s connecting with a person.”

Jeff Stimpson is a native of Bangor, Maine, and lives in New York with his wife Jill and two sons. He is the author of Alex: The Fathering of a Preemie and Alex the Boy: Episodes From a Family’s Life With Autism(both available on Amazon). He maintains a blog about his family at, and is a frequent contributor to various sites and publications on special-needs parenting, such as Autism-Asperger’s Digest, Autism Spectrum News, the Lostandtired blog, The Autism Society news blog, and An Anthology of Disability Literature (available on Amazon). He is on LinkedIn under “Jeff Stimpson” and Twitter under “Jeffslife.”


Should Parents Provide ABA Therapy?

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, finding the best possible way to treat them can be difficult. Many parents find themselves in a position where they cannot afford to hire special therapists and doctors, and many insurance companies do not pay for treatments for autism. To make the situation worse, many schools do not offer special therapy or classes, instead forcing autistic children into normal classrooms or into the special education classes, where they will not receive the same level of education as their peers. The good news is that there is a better solution.

ABA therapy has long been recognized as the most effective treatment for autism, and there is significant evidence that it can help to reduce symptoms and help many children learn to live a life much more similar to their peers. For parents who cannot afford specialty treatment, is it worthwhile to provide the therapy at home? Absolutely. ABA training courses are available through DVDs, and they can be amazingly effective. These programs include everything needed to provide your child with ABA therapy as well as the training that parents need to offer it properly.

Offering your child ABA therapy at any age can be very effective, and when offered at a very early age, it offers your child the best chance to be able to interact with their peers. Many children who undergo intensive ABA therapy starting near the time of initial diagnosis often make significant enough improvement that they are able to enter into a standard classroom and perform on par with their peers. These children are incredibly bright, and ABA therapy helps to unlock the potential that they hold within themselves. That is why it is such an essential part of autism treatment.

ABA therapy also offers long term benefits that simply cannot be ignored. Kids with autism spectrum disorder who receive ABA are often able to carry on incredibly successful and normal lives, with functional and healthy relationships and great careers. Many people experience a significant enough reduction in symptoms that most people will never guess that they suffer from autism spectrum disorder. As parents, we want to give the very best to our children. ABA therapy is the best way for parents of autistic children to do this. With such an excellent solution available, parents finally have a way to provide a better education even if insurance and finances won’t provide the funding needed to hire a professional.

Verbal Behavior Can Be Vastly Improved By ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis has been recognized as the leading treatment for autism spectrum disorder for numerous decades. It has shown an absolutely incredible success rate, and it is proven to carry with autistic children into their adult lives, helping them to function much better within society, relationships, and careers. ABA can not only help with basic learning and with physical behaviors, but with verbal behavior as well. This is what help makes the treatment so versatile and what makes it such an excellent tool for treating children with autism spectrum disorders of varying degrees.

Language is often the first way that parents and doctors are able to diagnose an autism spectrum disorder. While most children start learning to communicate verbally within a given time period during development, many autistic children are considerably delayed in learning to verbalize feelings, words, and ideas. For many parents, this can be both stressful and frightening, and it can also be quite heartbreaking. The diagnosis of autism is something that no parent wants to hear, especially given that there is no cure for the disorder, but ABA therapy can be incredibly effective in helping your child to lead a more normal life.

ABA therapy works through discrete trial teaching. It helps to break down concepts, behaviors, and actions into tiny steps that are taught repeatedly using gradually fading prompts. The therapy offers much more than simple rote memorization, however, as this serves to actually help children learn how to make inferences and learn new concepts on their own as well. With autistic children, synapses in the brain occur differently than they do for most, and ABA therapy actually helps to rewire these synapses so that children can literally learn how to learn differently. Most autistic children are incredibly bright, and ABA can help them find that potential.

At the end of the day, ABA therapy is an excellent tool for building, developing, and shaping verbal behavior. Whether the issue is with delayed speech, lack of communication skills, or inappropriate verbalization, ABA therapy can be incredibly effective. Taking the time to teach children how to communicate is absolutely essential, yet many school systems believe that autistic children are incapable of learning. ABA courses that teach both parents and educators to utilize ABA therapy can be incredibly beneficial for kids with autism spectrum disorder, and they can do an incredible job at teaching verbal behavior skills that a child will carry with them for the rest of their life.

Verbal Behavior Is Enhanced By ABA Therapy

When it comes to autism spectrum disorder, the list of possible symptoms is enormous. Different forms of the disorder can present in a variety of ways, and for many children, they present with problems in verbal communication. Some children simply do not start speaking within the accepted time frame, and some never learn to communicate verbally on their own at all. ABA therapy is designed to help teach verbal behavior and can make a world of difference for children with autism spectrum disorder. It is also the most commonly approved treatment for autism in schools and with state insurance companies.

There is a very good reason why most insurers only recognize ABA therapy as an acceptable treatment for autism, and that is because there are decades of studies and evidence that the treatment not only helps children learn, but offers them continued benefit for the rest of their lives. Many children who receive ABA therapy at an early age are able to exhibit verbal behavior skills that they carry with them into adulthood and that they are able to use not only in school, but in their careers as well.

Verbal behavior, like other behaviors, is taught through discrete trial teaching. With ABA therapy, behaviors are taught by breaking them down into their most basic steps. Each step is taught until it can be mimicked without prompting until behaviors and concepts have been learned. The treatment offers more than just rote memorization, however, as it is also shown to help create new pathways in the brain that help children learn new skills on their own. ABA therapy also works to eliminate offering attention for negative behaviors by ignoring them and instead offering verbal or physical rewards for positive and appropriate verbal or physical behaviors.

Verbal difficulties are incredibly common for children with autism spectrum disorder, but ABA therapy can offer significant help. Many children who receive early intervention with ABA therapy can learn to communicate on the same level as their peers, and many eventually move on to traditional classrooms with very little difficulty. The earlier a child receives ABA, the more beneficial it can be, and studies show that a combination of both home and school based therapy can be the most effective. With DVD courses available for both parents and educators, it can be easy to provide consistent training, greatly improving verbal behavior for any child with autism spectrum disorder.

Why A Quality ABA Program Is Necessary for Schools

Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in young children, yet most school districts are ill equipped to handle it. Instead of providing educators with the training required to provide these kids with the education that they deserve, many schools feel that the only financial option for them is to instead place these children into special education classes or to leave them in a classroom with their peers until they fall behind or end up in disciplinary trouble due to behavioral differences. The simple fact is that ABA therapy can help, and school districts can afford the training.

While sending educators and guidance counselors from every school in a district may not be financially feasible, there are courses in ABA therapy that are available for school districts that utilize DVDs and offer all of the tools that educators need to properly apply the therapy in a one on one setting with a child. These programs are incredibly cost efficient and can be used over and over again to teach new educators or to offer refresher courses. They include data collection sheets, picture cards, and even access to help if there are any questions.

A quality ABA program can actually be incredibly helpful for educators. Not only will it help teach how to perform every step of ABA therapy properly, but a good program will also provide a better education about children with autism, how they learn, and how ABA can help. Great programs don’t just offer instructions on how to perform ABA therapy, but how to really ensure that it works and how to make the most out of prompting, behavior management, discrete trials, and all of the other aspects of the therapy. In short, a great program is an incredible teaching tool.

Thanks to DVD programs, school districts can afford to offer ABA therapy. These schools can educate as many teachers and employees as necessary with a single program and can use it again and again. This is certainly cost effective, and the ability to use the DVDs as refresher courses can actually help make them more effective than a standard training seminar or class. At the end of the day, children with autism deserve a top quality education as much as any other student, and when there is a program out there that can provide it, school systems certainly need to look into providing the therapy for these students.

Why More Schools Should Offer ABA Training

When you ask the average school principal what treatment their schools offer for autism, you are likely to learn that they believe that these treatments are best left up to parents or doctors. While parents can offer training for autism, it is not a condition that can be fixed with medication or by simply telling a child to behave differently. Children with autism simply learn in a different way than their peers, and it is only with intensive training that many children can learn to interact properly and to fit into a classroom environment. That is why ABA therapy should be offered in more school districts.

If you take the time to research ABA therapy, you will find that it is by far the most highly recommended treatment for autism spectrum disorders. It has been around for many decades now, and it has proven time and again to be highly beneficial. At its core, it teaches children with autism the very basics of behavior and communication, but the simple fact is that it does much more than this. ABA therapy helps children learn to infer and to pick up ideas and concepts from the things that they observe around them.

While most people can understand a concept such as love or rain simply from observing it, the brains of children with autism work differently. These concepts must be taught by breaking them down into their most basic components. With ABA therapy, however, these repetitive lessons, which are guided by gradually reduced prompts, actually help children with autism learn how to not only recognize the concept being explained, but others as well. This is because the brain will develop new neural pathways and synapses as it learns the skills taught by intensive ABA therapy.

There is no doubt that more school systems should offer ABA therapy. The program can be obtained through DVD lessons that can be used time and again to train as many educators as possible, and with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder occurring at an alarming rate, there simply are no school districts that could not benefit from these training courses. All children deserve the best education available, and autistic children are much more capable than many people seem to think. ABA therapy can help these children unlock their true potential, and with training so readily available, it would seem to the best decision that school systems could make to ensure that they are provided for.

ABA In Schools Can Benefit Many

When it comes to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, many people recognize that it is the most effective and common treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder. In fact, in most school districts who teach children with ASD, ABA therapy is the treatment that is used. Unfortunately, many school districts cannot afford to pay for their educators to attend training programs and seminars to learn how to use ABA therapy. The good news is that there is a solution.

ABA courses for school districts can be incredibly effective, as well as very cost efficient. These programs offer an array of DVD lessons that are very detailed and simplified so that educators can learn exactly how to utilize the methods. In addition to lessons, however, a well designed course will also offer all of the tools and materials that a teacher needs in order to properly offer ABA therapy to students.

There are many facets of ABA therapy, and when properly applied it can help many children with autism spectrum disorder learn to adapt to a traditional classroom setting so that they can learn alongside their peers. Discrete trial teaching offers repetitive lessons that help children learn specific behaviors, actions, and concepts that can be applied at home, in the classroom, and throughout their lives.

Another benefit of ABA therapy is that it can help children with autism spectrum disorder essentially learn to learn. While most children are born able to make inferences from the things they observe and to naturally mimic patterns and behaviors, the brains of autistic children are simply wired differently. Taught early, ABA therapy can help to create new neural pathways, helping children learn to understand things much in the same way as their peers do. This offers not only short term benefits, but lifelong benefits as well.

An ABA therapy DVD course for school systems is simply an excellent idea. Not only do they offer all that your educators will need in order to provide ABA therapy, but they can also be used time and again to help teach future educators how to utilize the techniques as well. The skills taught by ABA therapy can actually be beneficial even to students without autism spectrum disorder, and many educators find the techniques to be immeasurably beneficial. School systems owe it to parents and children to do all they can to provide all students with the best possible education, and ABA therapy can make a world of difference with children who have autism spectrum disorders.

ABA Offers Help with Behavior Management

For children with autism spectrum disorder, learning behaviors can be very difficult. While most children learn easily from observing their peers and from the scolding and guidance of their parents, children with autism spectrum disorder have difficulties learning in these manners. Inferences are often impossible for children with these disorders, and attention from scolding is not differentiated from attention for doing something good, which makes it seem almost impossible for parents to provide the care and treatment that children with autism spectrum disorder need. Thankfully, ABA therapy can help.

ABA therapy, or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, is a unique method of teaching and treating children with autism. It works through discrete trial teaching, which is a series of lessons that break common behaviors and actions down into the most basic steps possible so that they can be taught gradually. Prompts are used to help a child learn each step, and the prompts are slowly removed as a child learns to mimic the behavior on their own.

With ABA therapy, behavior management becomes much simpler. Negative behaviors such as head banging, biting, and yelling are simply ignored and are warranted no attention unless the child is in danger. Positive and appropriate behaviors, on the other hand, are rewarded with praise and positive attention. This helps the child start to associate proper behaviors with positive attention and will help them learn to behave in an acceptable manner. More importantly, over time this will help a child’s brain start to build new neural connections that will help teach them to infer proper behaviors and will actually help make it easier for them to learn behaviors and concepts on their own in the future.

There is no treatment for autism that is more widely accepted and approved than ABA, and the simple reason for this is that it is proven to be incredibly effective. Many children who receive the treatment go on to learn in a traditional classroom, and most carry the skills that they learn with them well into their adult lives, using them throughout their careers. ABA therapy is highly recommended for all children with autism spectrum disorder, and many school districts have learned that the methods taught can be effective for other children as well. ABA is most effective when offered both at home and in school, and with early intervention, most children have an excellent chance of seeing a significant improvement in behavior as well as a significant reduction in symptoms.

ABA Therapy Can Help Improve Verbal Behavior

Autism spectrum disorder can take many forms. For many children, it is first diagnosed by verbal developmental delays and by an inability to communicate thoughts and ideas in a verbal manner. This is unfortunately a very common occurrence for children with autism spectrum disorder, and while it is certainly difficult for both parents and children, the good news is that there is treatment available. ABA therapy, or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, is very effective at helping to improve verbal behavior for autistic children, and it is the most widely approved treatment available for children with an autism spectrum disorder.

ABA therapy works through the use of discretionary trial teaching. This method of teaching essentially breaks down a desired behavior or action into the most basic possible steps. Each step is repeated as often as needed until it is able to be mimicked. The steps are first taught using verbal and other prompts, and as the child learns to mimic the behavior, the prompts are slowly taken away until the child can exhibit the action on his or her own. When this happens, the next step is taught and so on until the behavior itself has been learned.

ABA therapy is incredibly effective, and part of this is due to the way that attention is given throughout the process. While most children learn and benefit from scolding and correction, the same is not true for children with autism spectrum disorder. Instead, scolding or correction is still seen as attention, and positive and negative attention are not weighed differently. With ABA therapy, negative or unwanted actions and verbal behaviors are simply ignored, while appropriate actions and behaviors are rewarded through praise or other rewards. This helps to teach children that appropriate behaviors will offer attention, while negative behaviors award none.

Whenever a child is experiencing verbal delays or communication problems, ABA therapy should certainly be considered. Many school systems offer the training, and there are excellent DVD courses available for both parents and schools. For most children, receiving intensive ABA therapy at both home and school at the earliest age possible offers the most hope for recovery. With proper training, many children are even able to function in a traditional classroom setting. ABA therapy is truly beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder and can help make life much easier for parents and children alike, especially when it comes to teaching verbal behavior skills.

ABA Therapy Is Essential to Development

As the parent of an autistic child, you want to do everything you can to ensure that they have as many of the same advantages as other children. This can be hard for parents, especially for children with severe cases of autism spectrum disorder. One of the best treatments is Applied Behavior Analysis, and the benefits that it can offer are simply beyond compare.

ABA therapy is the most commonly approved therapy when it comes to insurance companies, and it is also one of the most commonly offered treatments in school systems. Unfortunately, not all schools can afford to pay for educators to receive training in ABA. With that said, however, it is possible for parents to receive ABA training at home so that they can work with their children to help them learn and advance.

ABA therapy is a key part of development for children with autism spectrum disorders. The therapy uses special techniques that help children learn how to complete simple tasks and to recognize patterns and objects, but it also works to help rewire their brains so that they can start to figure these things out naturally. Studies show that the earlier children start receiving ABA therapy, the more effective it can be.

One benefit to ABA therapy is that the lessons aren’t just good while the therapy is being offered. The skills and techniques your child will learn through the therapy will remain with them for the rest of their life. Many adults who received ABA therapy at an early age are able to work and interact alongside their peers with little discernible difference. Many children who receive early ABA are also able to function within a traditional classroom setting.

At the end of the day, ABA is simply an excellent choice for parents. The program is incredibly effective, and it can help kids learn everything from patterns and processes to particular tasks and behaviors. Children with autism spectrum disorders are incredibly intelligent; they just learn and process differently than their peers.

ABA therapy is designed to help kids with autism spectrum disorder learn to understand the things that their peers often gain from inference and observation. With these skills and behaviors, it is often much easier for autistic children to spend time with their peers. While there may not be a cure for autism spectrum disorder, ABA therapy offers a great deal of both help and hope for kids and for the parents who love them.

ABA Therapy Works to Lessen Autism Symptoms

Whenever a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, it is absolutely heartbreaking for parents. Because parents often hear phrases such as “no cure” and “learning disability”, it can be frightening. Many parents also believe that children with autism disorders are unable to love or to show emotion. The truth, however, is that these are incredibly loving and intelligent children who simply learn and interact differently than their peers. That is where ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, therapy comes into play. ABA can be incredibly helpful at lessening the symptoms of autism.

While it is true that there is not a cure for autism, ABA therapy can help children learn to interact with their parents, educators, and peers. It can also help them learn how to learn concepts and ideas in the same way as their peers so that they can learn to function in a traditional classroom setting. The therapy is very specific, but it also has decades of experience and research that show it to be the most effective means of treating autism symptoms and helping children with these disorders to learn to interact and live in a similar way to their peers. Many people who undergo early intervention with ABA therapy go on to live normal lives and have successful relationships and careers as adults.

ABA therapy is incredible beneficial because it helps to break emotions, actions, and concepts into very basic steps or lessons. These steps are taught using prompts that are gradually reduced until a behavior or answer can be mimicked. While this may seem like simple memorization, studies show that it actually helps to rewire pathways in the brain that are responsible for learning and for making inferences from the things that are observed in the world around us. Simply put, ABA is incredibly effective.

Autism may not have a cure, but symptom reduction can be incredible. ABA therapy can often help to relieve a large percentage of the symptoms of autism, especially when introduced at a very early age. Many children are diagnosed with autism whenever they start to show delays in speech and communication. When ABA therapy is started this early, it is most effective, though studies show that it can be effective at any time. Reducing symptoms may be the best option parents have until a cure is found, but with ABA therapy, it is incredibly effective.

ABA Training In Schools Makes a Real Difference

As a school administrator or educator, your role is to provide every student with the best education possible. Unfortunately, however, many students with autism spectrum disorder slip through the cracks every year, labeled as behaviorally challenged or put into special education classrooms alongside students with other learning disabilities. ABA therapy can offer a treatment that can significantly improve the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, even allowing many students with the disorder to function within a normal classroom setting and to learn alongside their peers without the need for special assistance or guidance.

The problem for most school systems is that paying for educators to receive the training needed to provide ABA therapy is simply unaffordable. A single conference for one educator or guidance counselor can be very expensive, and teaching educators at every school within a district can be unaffordable entirely. The good news, however, is that there are courses that can be purchased that offer the same quality lessons at a considerably lower price. With DVD lessons, your school district can train as many educators as desired, which is especially beneficial given that ABA training methods can offer great benefit even to students without autism spectrum disorder.

ABA therapy is the only approved treatment for autism within most states, according to both school districts and insurance companies, and that is because it works. It can help teach children the basics of language and behavior, and it can help them literally learn how to learn in the same way as their peers, forming new neural pathways within the brain that can help them learn to understand sequences and to make inferences based on the things that they observe. Children with autism spectrum disorder are highly intelligent, and ABA therapy is a great way to offer them the education that they deserve.

Taking the time to invest in ABA therapy courses for your school district can offer hope to many parents and children. All kids deserve a chance at a top quality education, and autistic children are just as capable of learning as their peers, they just need a little bit of help learning the same basic skills. With ABA therapy, you are offering these children the chance at a much more successful life. The courses are easy to follow and detailed, and since they can be used as many times as needed, they are also incredibly cost effective for any school district.

Applied Behavior Analysis Can Help Reduce Autism Symptoms

Despite the fact that it is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in young children, there is no cure for autism. While this can certainly be disheartening for parents, it should not leave them feeling hopeless. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, or ABA, is the most widely used and accepted treatment for autism, and the simple fact is that it can be incredibly effective. In fact, it is recognized by most schools and states as the only acceptable form of treatment. The simple reason for this is that it is proven to work.

Applied Behavior Analysis works by helping children with autism effectively learn how to learn in the same way as their peers. With autistic children, the brain is wired differently than it is for most, and as such, it works differently. These children are often incredibly intelligent, but they lack the skills needed to make inferences and to communicate properly. ABA therapy helps to teach these children, and it also helps create new pathways within the brain that allow them to learn and communicate the same way as their peers. In the long run, it can make a very significant difference.

With Applied Behavior Analysis, children are taught concepts and behaviors in the most basic way possible. Every item to be taught is broken down into the smallest steps possible, and each step is taught repeatedly until it is understood or able to be mimicked. Over time, skills and behaviors are learned and a child learns how to perform certain tasks or understand certain concepts. This helps them learn in the same way as other children and can often lead to the ability to transition into a standard classroom setting.

The simple fact is that Applied Behavior Analysis is proven to help reduce the symptoms of autism, and in many cases it can do so in a significant way. All children deserve the best chance possible, and for kids with autism, ABA is that chance. With proper training, especially at an early age, kids with autism have an excellent chance at a near complete recovery. For many, the reduction in symptoms is enough for them to go on to lead a life that is incredibly similar to their peers, including relationships, friendships, and successful careers. There may not be a cure for autism, but treatment through ABA can certainly offer the next best thing for kids with autism spectrum disorder.

Applied Behavior Analysis Offers More Than Memorization

If you look at what many parents who have never tried ABA therapy have to say about it, you will find that the biggest misconception is that the therapy offers nothing more than rote memorization. To an outsider, it can be a very easy mistake to make, but the simple fact is that Applied Behavior Analysis is much more than this. In fact, it is the only treatment for autism accepted by most school systems and insurance companies alike and the reason for this is that there are countless studies and patients who can prove that it works.

ABA therapy starts off with memorization as a main goal. Discrete trial teaching is all about repetition and helping a child memorize the basic steps that will help him or her to complete a basic action, such as learning to get dressed, brush their teeth, or even ride the school bus. These lessons depend very much on memorization in order to be effective, and even use prompting to help a child memorize the action or behavior. However, memorization is only a small piece of the overall picture.

One thing that parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder understand is that these children learn differently than their peers. While most children are able to convey emotions and to make inferences based solely on what they see around them, autistic children need help learning these ideas and concepts. With ABA therapy, memorization not only helps them learn behaviors, but it helps to create new pathways in the brain that help them learn to pick up concepts and ideas from what they observe. Over time, this actually helps make them much more able to learn in the same way as their peers and can help them learn to function in the same classroom.

While it can be easy for a casual observer to look at Applied Behavior Analysis and write it off as sheer memorization, it is certainly much more than this. ABA is an incredibly effective teaching tool and a necessity for children who suffer from autism spectrum disorder. These children are highly intelligent and capable, and with the right training, they can learn to function almost identically to their peers. As parents, we all want our children to receive the highest quality education. ABA therapy offers that, and it offers hope to parents who just want to see their child stop suffering from the symptoms of these disorders.

Applied Behavior Analysis Uses Reinforcement and Prompts to Facilitate Learning

Whenever most average people look at children with autism or are asked about the disease, it seems as though they think that these children are incapable of emotion or of learning the things that their peers learn. Unfortunately, an alarming number of school districts and educators seem to think this way as well. As the parent of an autistic child, you likely know better. In fact, most parents have also learned that ABA therapy is the most effective means of teaching behaviors, concepts, and actions to children with autism spectrum disorder. But what is ABA, and how does it work?

Applied Behavior Analysis is an incredible teaching program that allows parents or therapists to observe children and record every aspect of a certain behavior. The concept or behavior being taught is broken down into basic steps, which are taught using prompts and reinforcement to be effective. A child will be prompted to provide a certain answer or to exhibit a certain behavior, and the prompts will be given until the behavior is mimicked. As the child better learns to perform the behavior, the prompts will be slowly taken away until it can be done without them.

Reinforcement is another important part of ABA therapy, and it is just as crucial. While many children are able to learn from being scolded or corrected, for autistic children there is little differentiating between negative and positive attention. This means that instead they must be rewarded with attention only when the correct behavior or outcome is received. Instead of scolding or punishing for inappropriate behaviors, they are simply ignored and not met with attention. This helps the child to learn that in order to receive attention, positive behaviors must be exhibited, and it is an incredibly effective teaching tool.

ABA therapy is truly remarkable, and it is one of the only treatments for autism that most insurance companies will pay for. There is ample evidence to show the short and long term success of ABA therapy, and many children who receive intensive training at a very early age are able to display almost complete symptom reduction. There is still no cure for autism, and ABA therapy is not intended to cure the disease, but it can certainly help to reduce symptoms and enable many children to lead productive lives alongside their peers, which can certainly be a welcome change from the fears that many parents of these children deal with every day.

Autism Training In Schools Is Essential

Whenever you look at the statistics, you will find that the chances of a child being born with autism are incredibly high. In fact, the percentage of children with an autism spectrum disorder is high enough that it simply does not make sense that schools are not obligated to offer special classes to help them better learn to function within a classroom. ABA therapy has long been known as the most successful and beneficial treatment for children with autism, yet many school districts instead opt to place autistic children into special needs classroom rather than to offer them the help that they need to receive a quality education.

To put it simply, ABA therapy is essential in schools. Virtually every school district in the nation has children with autism spectrum disorder, yet surprisingly few offer the appropriate resources. While funding is almost always cited as the main issue, the simple fact is that there are incredible DVD courses available that offer school districts an affordable way to provide ABA therapy for these students. DVD courses can be used as many times as needed and offer school districts an easy way to educate as many teachers and guidance counselors as possible.

Well designed ABA therapy courses for school districts offer more than just DVDs. They also offer data collection sheets, picture cards, and everything else needed to actually provide students with ABA therapy. They also offer the ability to speak with someone in order to answer any questions about offering ABA therapy or about any lessons that are unclear. This makes it both easy and affordable for educators and school systems to ensure that students with autism spectrum disorder are truly receiving the best education possible. With ABA therapy, many students with autism are eventually able to enter traditional classrooms with their peers.

With so many benefits to ABA therapy and such affordable training options available, there is really no reason why more schools shouldn’t offer the program. All students really deserve the best chance possible, and ABA can help teach verbal and physical behaviors and concepts as well as helping children with autism spectrum disorder learn to think and understand things in the same manner that their peers do. The number of children with autism spectrum disorder who are in special needs classrooms and who receive inadequate treatment in schools is alarming, especially when you realize that there are answers out there.

Autism Training In Schools Is Far Too Minimal

When you look at the diagnosis rate for autism spectrum disorders, you will find that it is incredibly high, yet if you ask the average principal how many students in a school have the disorder, you will likely get an incredibly low number. The simple fact is that autism is often unrecognized in schools, and kids every day fall through the cracks, labeled simply as learning impaired or as behaviorally challenged, when in truth there is a medical condition that can be treated through proper education right within the school itself.

Autism training in schools is far less common than it should be, given the rate at which these disorders are diagnosed. At a minimum, schools should certainly have at least one educator or guidance counselor who is trained in ABA therapy, which is the most widely recognized and accepted treatment for autism. If there were proper autism training in schools, more educators would be able to recognize symptoms of the disorder and more students would be able to receive both the treatment and the education that they deserve. That is why there are training programs designed specifically for school districts that make use of DVD lessons.

While classes for multiple educators would set school districts back a large percentage of their annual budget, a DVD training program can be incredibly affordable. A quality program will have ample lessons that are highly detailed and that offer training on both the condition and the therapy used to help treat it. Studies show that young children who receive ABA therapy are more likely to be able to communicate and behave properly and even to learn and interact within a standard classroom of their peers. These children are incredibly intelligent, and a great program can help them unlock the potential within.

While it can be easier for educators to label a child as learning disabled or to assume that their behavior is born of bad parenting or a simple willful attitude, the simple fact is that autism is a very common disorder. Autism training in schools is simply a necessity, and it is something that far too few districts provide. There are options out there for every district, and they are much more affordable than many think. With a quality program, it can be much easier for educators to help treat kids with autism so that they have a better chance to succeed.

Behavior Management Is An Essential Part of ABA Therapy

Autism is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in children today, yet it is also one of the least understood. Many teachers are quick to look at children with autism spectrum disorder and write them off as incapable of learning or as being ill behaved, when the truth is that these children simply learn differently than others. ABA therapy can help provide the behavior management that children with autism need in order to better interact and perform within a school setting.

Interfering behaviors are incredibly common in children with autism. This can include avoidance, yelling, vocalization, or even physical aggression or self harm. These behaviors are a definite distraction in the classroom environment and may even endanger the child or his classmates. ABA therapy helps parents to understand these behaviors, the cues that bring them on, and how to change them. Through methods of prompting, repetition, and reinforcement, behavior management is possible. With a quality ABA training program, parents and school systems can learn how to provide this therapy so that it offers the maximum benefit to children suffering from behavioral problems related to autism spectrum disorder.

With ABA therapy, a child’s behavior is very closely observed and recorded. This data collection is then used to come up with the best method of treatment. ABA is focused on positive reinforcement. This means that negative behaviors that do not pose a threat to the child are ignored, rather than rewarded with attention, and appropriate behaviors are met with praise or other reinforcement. This helps to teach the child which behaviors are appropriate and which will result in the outcome that he or she is looking for. It can be incredibly effective and can help children learn to communicate properly.

When it comes to comprehensive and intensive ABA therapy, behavior management is an essential aspect. Behavior is one of the most important lessons for many children with autism spectrum disorder and it can be one of the biggest reasons that many children with these disorders are unable to interact with their peers. ABA is proven to be highly effective, especially when introduced at an early age, and parents will find that it can offer many benefits. Taking the time to look into ABA training courses can be very beneficial for parents and schools alike and can help make a significant difference in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Data Collection Is An Essential Part of ABA Therapy

If your child is receiving ABA therapy at home or at school, then you have likely heard of data collection. For parents who are new to the concept of ABA, however, it may not be familiar. Data collection is the process of writing down everything that happens during ABA therapy, and it can help ensure that a child’s learning methods are more easily understood and that parents and schools can work together to help a child make as much improvement as possible. When it comes to teaching behaviors and verbal skills with ABA therapy, it is absolutely essential.

For many children ABA therapy is offered both at home and in school. This is the most highly recommended way for children with autism spectrum disorder to receive treatment, simply because it offers the best chances for improvement and even recovery. There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, but ABA therapy has been proven incredibly effective at helping children learn to interact with their peers and even to be able to attend classes alongside their peers without the need for special treatment and attention. That is because it helps to rewire their brains so that they can learn in the same way as their peers.

With ABA therapy, behaviors and concepts are broken down into their very simplest steps. Whether the lesson is how rain falls from the sky or how to tie a shoe, it is broken down into tiny steps, and these steps are taught over and over using prompts until the child can explain or mimic them. Data is collected with every trial, and results and actions are monitored very closely. This helps both parents and educators understand what is working and to identify both progress and setbacks while teaching the child new behaviors.

There are many benefits to ABA therapy, especially when taught at an early age. Not only can it help children learn to function within a classroom setting, but it can help them better learn to interact with their peers and to function within their own daily lives. It can offer great help to parents as well. ABA is the only autism treatment recognized by most insurance companies as well as by most school systems, and it has been proven effective for many years. With DVD training courses available, many parents are now learning how to offer the treatment at home to help make school training easier.

ABA Helps With Behavior Management

Whenever you have a child with autism spectrum disorder, learning how to teach them proper behaviors is like a job unto itself. While most children learn from scolding and verbal cues, children with ASD often have a hard time understanding lessons taught verbally and more intensive training methods are often necessary. On method that works exceptionally well is ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. This therapy is one of the only autism treatments approved by most insurers and is the one most commonly offered by therapists and school systems.

ABA therapy can help offer many benefits to your child, including behavior management. The therapy works through what is known as discrete trial teaching. With this, children are given a specific lesson, such as how to tie a shoe or how to ride in the car, and each step of the lesson is broken down very specifically. Each step is performed over and over until the child learns to perform it correctly. From here, the next step would be taught, and so forth.

What helps to make ABA therapy so effective with behavior management is that it uses a reward system rather than a punishment system. While most children learn from scolding, children with autism spectrum disorder often lack the ability to differentiate positive and negative attention. When a behavior results in scolding, it is simply seen as warranting attention, and is thus likely to be repeated. Many commonly repeated negative behaviors can be dangerous to children or others, such as head banging and hitting, and ABA therapy can help stop them.

With ABA therapy, a behavior such as this would simply be ignored. As long as your child is not in danger, the key is simply to not offer attention for these behaviors. Instead, when the lesson is performed correctly, the child is rewarded with a treat, sticker, or even a pat on the back or handshake. Positive attention is given for positive results, which helps your child learn which behaviors are appropriate.

Simply put, ABA therapy is a highly effective form of behavior management. While most children learn fastest from gentle scolding and correcting, children with ASD simply learn differently. ABA helps to teach behavior in a manner that these children can understand, helping them to better learn appropriate behaviors and actions. Whenever you are able to provide a treatment that works for these children, you will find that they can learn incredibly well and incredibly quickly.

Behavior Management in Autistic Children is Part of ABA Therapy

In far too many schools today, autistic children are punished or even expelled for behaving differently from other children.  Inappropriate behaviors such as hitting or even harming themselves are punished and scolded and children are labeled as being ill-behaved without ever receiving the proper training and treatment necessary.  This does more than create a social stigma around autistic children; it also deprives them of the quality of education that they deserve.  ABA therapy is a proven autism treatment that is used in many schools and can help teach children the behavior skills they need to thrive when in a classroom or real world environment.

ABA therapy utilizes a number of methods for teaching behavior management.  Discrete trial teaching, the most common part of ABA, uses prompts and repetition to teach these skills.  Intensive ABA therapy is proven successful in helping children with varying degrees of autism spectrum disorders to learn the social skills they need to interact appropriately with other people.

One of the biggest flaws in the current approach to inappropriate behavior in autistic children is that scolding or punishing grants attention.  Many autistic children do not differentiate between negative and positive attention, and the punishments serve to foster a sense that the behavior will grant a desired result.  With ABA therapy, inappropriate behaviors and reactions are disregarded, showing the child that there is no benefit or attention to be gained from such actions, while positive reactions and behaviors are reinforced through contact, praise, and rewards.  It can be a simple compliment or pat on the back or even a sticker or time with a cherished toy, but these reinforcements help a child with autism to understand what behaviors will grant a favorable and desired reaction.

In order to prevent autistic children from being denied the same chances as other students, school systems need to implement solid ABA therapy training.  This can help ensure that the child is always taught the same messages and behaviors.  There are many programs available that can be taught inside the school, with all the materials needed to properly implement the course.  ABA offers hope to school systems and students alike.  When you have a student with an autism spectrum disorder, it is your job as an educator to understand and anticipate their needs and to meet them fully.  With the right training and teaching, these students can learn to thrive just as well as any students in your school.

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.

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.