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Applied Behavior Analyses (ABA) is a wonderful therapy for your Autistic child; it works on their negative behaviors, social skills, speech, educational skills and more.

But how do you know if your Autistic child no longer needs ABA therapy? What stage of functioning is ‘good enough’?

How Do You Think Your Child is Doing?

The first step to determine this is the observation from you and the therapist. Interaction with peers, and how other children are behaving and performing around them, will work well as a sounding board. If they appear to work well in classrooms and other environments, it may be time for some evaluations.

Some Issues May Be Hiding

If all tests come back in the same range as peers their age, then your child can probably end ABA. Before making this decision, be sure to check problem-solving, pragmatic language (body language/how we say things), and executive functioning (time management). Which are subtle skills that often stay with Autistic children, but go unnoticed.

Is Your Child Happy?

Take into account how happy your child is. If your child is still struggling, it’s important to get to the root of the issue. They may appear to be functioning with language and IQ, but perhaps there is an emotional issue under the surface.

Continuing Therapy at Home

If you – as the parent – have enough skills in ABA and the child functions well with few areas to work on, ending the therapy is a good next step.  You can continue the therapy from home. But if you don’t have the time to put into therapy (on top of all the other things we do as Autistic parents) keeping a behavior analyses around is a good thing too. New behaviors may emerge and a child can always learn more.

Don’t Suddenly Stop

If you do decide to end ABA, be sure to fade it out slowly so you can catch any issues that may arise. Ending therapy and leaving a therapist is an emotional time, especially for a child who may love their teacher. It’s important to give your child plenty of time to adjust.

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ABA Programs and Analysis Areas of Expertise

We specialize in autism analysis and behavior development.

ABA, Behavioral Therapy involves anything that can be seen and heard. Therefore all behaviors have achievable and noticeable goals, which are measured and constantly re-measured throughout time to focus on our progress as well as whether the goals are being reached.

The great and unique thing about ABA therapy is that the plans are individualized to fit your child's needs. Since Autism is a spectrum, that means no two cases are exactly alike. Therefore the best treatment for autism would be customized to fit your child and your family's needs after an assessment is made.

Staff need to be competent by being trained by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst on behavior analytic procedures as well as intervention strategies. Courses are available on various topics and custom fit for your organization or situation for effective ABA autism therapy. Help your staff find out what is autism and how to best treat autism.