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Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning. ABA therapy programs can help increase language and communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics and decrease problem behaviors.
Behavior Intervention Strategies
Behavior intervention plans can help prevent behavior problems by addressing their cause. The strategies help the child to learn alternative behaviors to help him or her succeed by replacing problem behaviors with positive ones. Behavior intervention helps a child to learn problem-solving skills and better ways to respond and cope in stressful or unfavorable situations.
Verbal Behavior Approach
Verbal Behavior is a great approach that can be combined with other teaching methods such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT) or Natural Environment Training (NET) and it is also a good addition to ABA. The Verbal Behavior intervention works on developing communication skills, including receptive and expressive language across the verbal operants of mand (requesting), tact (labeling), echoics (vocal imitation) and intraverbal (conversational skills). Verbal behavior also capitalizes on the child’s own motivation, teaching the child to communicate for what he desires.
Educational Therapy uses specific strategies, methods and approaches to help children overcome their learning difficulties so as to allow them to reach towards academic success in school. Educational Therapy addresses several different learning difficulties in children such as auditory, language and visual processing difficulties, vocabulary weakness, math disabilities, or difficulties in phonetic reading, reading comprehension, critical thinking, inferential skills, written expression, organization and time management skills, memory weakness and low self esteem. The goal of Educational therapy is to identify and address factors interfering with a child reaching their highest potential at school.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy is an important part of intervention as most children with ASD have some kind of speech delay or troubles with eating, drinking and they have difficulty with the placement of their lips, tongue etc. in producing clear speech sounds. With the use of oral motor tools, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and other approaches, we can help a child produce clearer and consistent speech and assist them in social communication.
Occupational Therapy is an integral part of the holistic approach that we use here at Therapy Masters! Occupational Therapy aims at helping a child learn the necessary skills to function as independently as they can in their daily life. Occupational Therapy helps a child to develop daily living skills, fine motor skills such as writing, and even gross motor skills such as walking and climbing. It even focuses on the child's sensory issues that may be interfering with their learning, behaviour and communication skills so as to help them cope better. At Therapy Masters, we incorporate Sensory Integration Therapy as an important part of Occupational Therapy with fun art and craft activities!
School Shadowing is an important addition to a child's intervention whereby a shadow teacher supports the child in their mainstream education setting by helping them to bolster their participation, social interactions and productivity in the class. Eventually, the aim of shadowing is to gradually reduce the prompts using fading techniques to encourage the child's independence at school.
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects not only the child but every member of the family. That is why we recommend consultation services to support and guide parents, caretakers and anyone else involved in the child's therapy. We will be with you every step of the way to help you identify individualized goals that can produce meaningful changes in your family life. We will work together with you to build a program for your child that is effective.