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ABA Acceptance

May 15, 2024

By ABA Psychological Services

Understanding Autism
April brings a special opportunity to promote a greater understanding and support for the autism community through Autism Awareness Day and World Autism Month. During this time, families, caregivers, and educators come together to raise awareness for people of all ages and walks of life that are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Understanding what ASD is and how it affects each child and caregiver is crucial in order to live a life at its fullest potential.

The Many Shades of Autism
Autism presents itself in many different ways, and that's why it is referred to as a spectrum because it includes a wide range of symptoms and behaviors, each varying in severity. No two individuals will experience autism in the same way, which is why embracing this diversity is so important. The autism spectrum has varying presentations, and you may hear about Asperger's Syndrome, Kanner's Syndrome, classic autistic disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and other terms. It can get confusing fast, which is why it's helpful to view autism on a spectrum (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD), where each type presents its own set of strengths and challenges.

Celebrating Unique Strengths
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often possess a range of unique talents and perspectives that can significantly enrich our lives. Many exhibit remarkable focus and intense dedication in areas that interest them. These intense interests can lead to high levels of skill and knowledge and even a career path. Recognizing and valuing talents and interests will support personal growth and aid in building self-esteem and confidence.

Navigating Challenges Together
Families of children on the autism spectrum often encounter a range of challenges, from managing sensory sensitivities to handling social interactions. Sensory sensitivities can include adverse reactions to loud noises, bright lights, or specific textures, while social challenges for children with autism may involve difficulty in understanding social norms and forming friendships. These issues can significantly impact family dynamics and daily activities.

A few suggestions that can help you at home when a child is experiencing sensory overland and reduce anxiety include:
• Create routines to help them feel secure
• Use visual aids for communication for those who struggle with verbal communication
• Establish a quiet space where the child can go to feel safe and calm
Additionally, involving siblings in care and in fun activities can help them understand their sibling and create empathy that will reverberate far beyond the confines of your home.

Supporting Your Journey: Treatments and Resources
When it comes to supporting individuals with autism, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapies are among the most effective treatments available. ABA focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, and academics, through reinforcement strategies that encourage positive behaviors and reduce negative ones. At ABA Psychological Services, our approach is tailored to meet the child's needs, making it a powerful tool for helping them achieve their full potential.

Finding the right support network and educational programs is crucial for staying informed about the latest developments in autism research, treatments, and resources. Here are some ways to become active in the community.
• Join online groups such as on Facebook or Instagram
• Find local support meetings
• Volunteer at local autism centers
• Sign up for workshops or classes
• Join national associations such as Autism Speaks and Autism Society.

Check out ABA Psychological Services Resources for more.

Peer and professionally-led groups can provide invaluable support and information sharing. These networks can offer moral support but also practical advice and insights that can help you navigate the challenges of raising a child with Asperger's or anywhere on the autism spectrum.

Together in Acceptance
ABA Psychological Services supports you and your child's journey by offering one-on-one therapy and in-home services. We encourage families to contact us for more information on our specialized services.
Join us in supporting inclusion and acceptance that transcends well beyond Autism Awareness Month.

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