There are many different options for parents in Chicago, IL, to consider in the treatment of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The key factors in determining the specific therapeutic approach for treatment are usually the specific types of challenging behaviors, the significance of the behavior negatively impacting the child’s life, social interactions, and her or his ability to cope.
To assist parents in understanding the options in therapy for children with ASD, a closer look at six of the most commonly used therapies is helpful. Of these therapies, in-home ABA therapy is often the most practical for parents to use and integrate into their daily routines.
- In-home ABA therapy – as the name implies, this approach involves the professionals coming to the home to work with the child and the parents. It is a customized, tailored, data-driven approach to positively changing behaviors. In-home ABA therapy is often expanded to include treatment in the community, school and in specific settings.
- Assistive technology – non-verbal issues or low communication levels with children with ASD can create problems with social interactions in all areas of life. Using specific types of technology, children can learn to have conversations with adults and peers through symbol/speech apps or software and speech devices.
- Speech therapy – speech therapy is to increase communication abilities or to move from non-verbal to verbal interactions for those with ASD. This may not be appropriate for all children or adults.
- Lego therapy – Lego therapy uses a structured play format to allow children to learn to interact with each other around specific tasks and communication requirements. It also helps in building play skills that are often difficult for ASD children.
- Occupational therapy – this therapy may be completed in a specific environment or in a clinical setting. Children play and complete different exercises to develop fine and gross motor skills, to learn to interact with each other and to manage sensory processing issues that may be present.
- Social skills therapy – this allows children to work one-on-one with a trained adult in real-world social situations. Prompts and cues are provided to help the child to become comfortable in conversations and social situations.
Many effective treatment plans for ASD children use components from different types of therapeutic interventions. This allows for customization of the plan to match the specific treatment goals for the child.
To learn more about the benefits of in-home ABA therapy in the Chicago, IL, area, talk to our ABA experts at The Autism Therapy Group. Details and additional information can be found at atgtogether.com.
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