Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Options
Hearing that something is wrong with your child brings a lot of worry, regret, and anxiety. You worry about their ability to grow and live a normal life. You regret that you did something to cause it. You are anxious about finding the best care and educational resources possible for them. Autism exists on a spectrum, with different children experiencing different levels. The fact that so many children on the Autism Spectrum differ also means that the treatment also differs. When your child is diagnosed with Autism, take a deep breath, relax, and then consider your options.
Request information on programs There are many programs available today for children on the Autism Spectrum. Many of these programs are available all the way until they are 18, sometimes older. These programs can prepare them for daily living tasks and for enrollment into a regular school program. Work with your psychologist and physician on finding these programs, as soon as possible. The earlier that your child can get the resources needed, the earlier they can begin overcoming difficulties.
Look into applied behavior analysis Applied behavior analysis is a successful educational program for those with Autism. ABA therapy accounts for 45% of therapies that develop long lasting and observable results, according to the Surgeon General?s autism treatment report. The program operates on a basis of providing children with the one on one educational support that they require. Most children struggling with autism are never given the necessary resources. The applied behavior analysis program, however, achieves this need.
Continue visits with your psychologist Your psychologist will be a crucial part in further Autism testing. They will be an important part in measuring any improvement from the applied behavior analysis program. They can also provide you and your family with additional recommendations for either resources or tips for working with your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. The fundamental principles of applied behavior analysis are used to develop language, social, academic, and daily living skills in children ages 0 to 18 with autism and related conditions. Your psychologist will act as a base, connecting the applied behavior analysis program with the autism center, and finally, with you. If there are any areas of needed improvement within the program, you will be provided with the necessary tools to work with your child.
Have patience Treatments and resources have increased over the years for children with Autism. It may be difficult for some parents to adjust to the differences in learning. However, with patience and the ABA therapy program, it is possible to live a normal and accommodating life. Some children may even require less ABA therapy as they get older and grasp some of the basic skills, such as language and social skills. Some may even go on to graduate high school, moving onto college or to a lifetime career.
Approximately 35% of young adults (ages 19 to 23) with Autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. However, many of these children never received the additional resources or educational materials that they needed when they were learning these necessary skills. Autism centers are a newer concept. The primary goal of Autism treatment centers is to increase the coping and adaptation skills of those dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As a parent, we want the best for our children. We want them to have the best education and endless possibilities for future success. It may seem as if your dreams are ended when you learn that your child is dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, therapies such as applied behavior analysis have shown success in increasing necessary life skills in these children. If your child is recently diagnosed with Autism, somewhere along the spectrum, have patience, do your research about available programs and resources, and continue to work with them on improving these skills.