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5 Reasons That May Indicate Your Child Needs Behavior Therapy


Advanced Behavior Analysis is often used for children on the autism spectrum, but it can benefit a variety of different children with different diagnoses. You may be asking yourself, “How do I know if ABA is right for my family and my child?” The answer to this very complex question is pretty simple: you’ll never know until you try. That said, there are a few criteria that may make ABA an even better choice for you and your child. This list is not comprehensive, and should not be used to eliminate ABA as an option, but rather present a few reasons for you to investigate further. The best way to judge how effective ABA will be is to get a qualified professional involved.

1. If your child presents with consistent problem behaviors…

ABA may be a greatly benefit him or her. Problem behaviors may include behaviors associated with aggression, self-injurious behaviors, destructive behaviors, and many more. ABA aims to alter such behaviors by replacing them with an equally effective option. Frequent repetitions cement this new behavior and allow you and the therapist to phase out the problem behavior.

2. If your child has difficulty learning or generalizing new skills…

ABA could be exactly what you are looking for! A high number of repetitions as well as immediate reinforcement help children learn and internalize new skills.

3. ABA is frequently used with children with autism, but a huge variety of diagnoses benefit from this kind of intervention… 

Furthermore, studies show that ABA is effective with children with no diagnosis at all. While autism and other pervasive developmental disorders are the more frequently discussed disorders in relation to ABA, a diagnosis (or lack thereof) should not prevent you from pursuing an evaluation.

4. If other behavior modification therapies haven’t worked…

ABA may be a great new option to try out. There is a common misconception that ABA is solely for children under the age of five- this is not true! ABA relies on the science of behavior. These principles stretch through the lifespan, meaning that ABA introduced at any age.

5. If you have concerns about your child starting school…

ABA may be a good way to prepare them for this transition. Additionally, if your child is eligible for a classroom aide, the implication of ABA in the classroom can be highly effective.
Kaylee Kapalko, Speech-Language Pathology Intern

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