Children with autism often lack the motivation to learn new tasks and participate in their social environment. Some traits you may observe when they are placed in social situations are temper tantrums, crying, non-compliance, inattention or attempting to leave. The use of ABA therapy can increase the motivational desire in children with autism.
Studies have shown that some autistic children who participated in intensive ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) programs, such as at Positive Reinforcement ABA Therapy Inc. showed significant improvements in IQ, language skills, and academic performance. Every child can benefit from ABA interventions by learning new skills and reducing problem behaviors.
Behavior Analysis Definition – Behavior analysis is the scientific approach to understanding how environment affects behavior. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” includes any influence – physical or social – that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.
What does ABA Therapy do?
ABA normally teaches acceptable behavior, academic skills, self-help skills and more. In most cases, when undesirable behaviors are not reinforced and rewarded, the child loses interest in perpetuating them.
For more difficult behaviors, the child is redirected from the problem behavior to an alternative that is socially acceptable. While the initial teaching is often repetitive and involves a large amount of structure and imitation, significant efforts go into teaching the child how to learn and into making sure that the lessons are fun for the child.
If the program is done well, children often enjoy the lessons enough to request them. Also, as the child advances, the highly structured program becomes more flexible. Lessons are taught in a variety of situations as skills become generalized to the point where the child can adapt to new situations.
One sign of a good program is that a strong bond develops between the child and the people who teach him. Many children ask to do more ABA therapy because they enjoy the positive reinforcement. See what Parents Are Saying About Positive Reinforcement ABA Inc. in Manchester, NH.