It can be difficult for parents to navigate the many treatments available for children with autism, and while there are a number of interventions available, it's Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (ABA) evidence based programs that emerge as the leading therapy.
What is ABA?
Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (ABA) is an intensive and structured education therapy program for children with an autism spectrum disorder.
ABA helps children to develop the important life-skills they need, such as behavioural, self-help, social and learning skills, to interact with others and to cope with the challenges of everyday life.
Together, early intervention and ABA treatment supports many pre-school aged children with autism to succeed alongside their peers.
Starting an ABA program
ABA is delivered through an intensive and structured education therapy program. Generally, ABA therapists work one-on-one with the child either within the clinic or at your home. Based on research, it is recommended that children participate in the program for at least 10+ hours per week to ensure the long term benefits. During this time the ABA therapists can effectively teach the skills that can be targeted and this will ultimately enable them to deliver early intervention at a crucial stage of the child’s development.
How long does ABA therapy take?
The program is a long term program that is tailored to the child’s age and skill level, and incorporated into other programs and activities the child is involved in, such as child care, kindy and or speech pathology for example.
Therapists will work with the child over a series of sessions which will consist of therapy learning and teaching generally at a minimum of 10 hours per week. The therapists will
also make observations and take short breaks with the child, allowing therapists the opportunity to record information and collect data.