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What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. There is currently no cure for ASD. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development.

Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).

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Common Therapies

ABA Therapy

ABA is a discipline that employs objective data to drive decision-making about an individual’s program. ABA has been used to help individuals acquire many different skills, such as language skills, self-help skills, and play skills; in addition, these principles can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injury. 

Speech and Language Therapy

With a variety of techniques, speech-language therapy addresses a range of challenges often faced by persons with autism. Speech-language pathologists are therapists who specialize in treating language problems and speech disorders. Speech therapy can improve overall communication. This makes it possible for people with autism to improve their ability to form relationships and function in day-to-day life.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists study human growth and development and a person’s interaction with the environment through daily activities. Occupational therapy may combine a variety of strategies. These can help your child respond better to his or her environment. The therapist helps introduce, maintain, and improve skills so that people with autism can be as independent as possible

Parent Resources

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Mothers of autistic children supporting each other in the DFW metroplex. http://ausomemoms.org

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. https://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/midwest/texas

The National Autism Association of North Texas (NAA-NT) is a non-profit organization that has a mission of advocating for families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). http://www.naa-nt.org

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.  Check out this Child Milestone Checklist - Ages 2 months to 5 years (Available in English & Spanish). CDC Resources

Check out this article on the Top 10 Reasons Children With Autism Deserve ABA. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3196209