Early Intervention ABA: Why Does my Child need this?

Early intervention ABA service is a specialized treatment or therapy that begins during or at preschool age. This includes children 18 months to five years old. The brain is highly malleable in nature at this stage. This means that the brain has a large potential to learn compared to when the child is older. Due to this reason, the earlier the treatment starts, the better the chance of meaningful progress. It gives an impressive start to your child’s development. The changes because of early intervention will lead to a better quality of life.

Benefits of Early Intervention

Autism is a complex disorder, and many children on the spectrum will require various types of intervention as they grow. Some interventions may be more relevant at different stages of development than others.  Research in autism has continued to strengthen the fact that early intervention increases the chances of a positive outcome.

Here are some of the key benefits:

1. Improves your child’s overall development

When your child starts early intervention, it gives them a head start. Your child is given all the interventions and programs that they would need to “pivot” with their skills to meet benchmarks on time. Imagine any other medical treatment – you intervene at the earliest point, and that intervention helps your overall prognosis.

2. Improves social skills

One of the main areas of deficit with ASD is social skill impairment. This is the ability to engage with one another and take each other’s perspectives. ABA services will help your child improve their social skills by helping your child participate in social activities, learn conversational skills, understand social cues, and even teach them concepts that are harder to grasp like sarcasm or comedy.

3. Improves self-regulation and coping skills

Neurodivergent children often present with difficulties with self-regulation. In addition to that, they tend to have specific interests in activities or behavior patterns. It can be difficult for them to understand a situation, which can then lead to frustration when things don’t go as planned, or they don’t get their way. Early intervention helps them with self-regulation and coping skills through positive mental health practices and working to increase independent skills, which are very important for growing learners.

4. Improves speech, language, and communication skills

Many children with autism have speech and language delays. They may have difficulties verbally expressing themselves. A speech therapist is typically the first option when looking to address communication delays, but ABA is a great option as well! Did you know that ABA providers oftentimes will collaborate with other service providers such as speech pathologists to create goals that best work for your child.

5. Improves independent life skills

Independence in performing various activities of daily living is very important for children with ASD. Much like with speech language therapy collaboration, your ABA provider can collaborate with a mental health skill building team or occupational therapist to work on increasing your child’s daily living skills, independent- living habits, and health and safety skills, all while addressing motor functioning! It is amazing what all can be addressed with one skill acquisition program.

6. Strengthens parent-child relationships

Children on the autism spectrum process information differently. They are neuro diverse, which means their brain works in much different ways than you may be able to imagine if you are not neurodivergent yourself. Learning about your child’s world can help you, as a parent, to empathize and connect with them. Your ABA team can work to train and teach you these topics and skills via parent training.

7. Improves your child’s overall quality of life

We all want the best for our children. Early intervention ABA makes this possible for your child and countless others. ABA is here to encourage your child to achieve their full potential and enjoy the best quality of life.
When children receive the intervention they need at an early age, their skills in all areas of development improve and your child thrives. If you have concerns about your child’s development, it is best to seek professional help through a pediatrician or developmental specialist.

To learn more about the benefits of ABA and Empower ABA’s services visit our website at: www.empoweraba.com or email info@empoweraba.com.

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