ABA Therapy Intervention: How Early Can ABA Begin?

Published on May 15, 2024

ABA Therapy Intervention: How Early Can ABA Begin?

Published on May 15, 2024

At Family Priority, we understand that navigating a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for your child can bring many questions. One of the most important questions you might have is: “When can my child begin ABA therapy intervention?”

The answer is: Early intervention is key! Here’s why:

  • Brain development: A young child’s brain is like a sponge, absorbing information and forming connections at a rapid pace. This period of neuroplasticity makes early intervention with ABA therapy ideal. By starting early, we can help your child develop crucial skills during this critical window of development.
  • Maximizing potential: Early intervention allows us to address challenges and develop desired behaviors early on. This sets your child up for success in learning new skills, communication, social interaction, and overall independence.

What is ABA Therapy?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. It’s a scientific approach to understanding and improving behavior. ABA therapy uses principles of learning and motivation to help individuals with ASD develop new skills and reduce challenging behaviors.

Here’s a simplified breakdown of how ABA therapy works:

  • Identify target behaviors: We work with you to identify specific skills you want your child to learn or behaviors you want to improve.
  • Develop a plan: A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will create a personalized program that breaks down skills into smaller, achievable steps.
  • Positive reinforcement: When your child completes a step or demonstrates a desired behavior, they are rewarded in a positive way. This reinforces the behavior and makes it more likely to be repeated.
  • Data collection and adaptation: We track your child’s progress and adjust the program as needed to ensure it continues to meet their individual needs.
aba therapy activity with toddler

How Early Can We Begin?

At Family Priority, we can begin working with children with ASD as early as 18 months old. During this stage, we can focus on developing:

  • Communication skills: This may involve using pictures, sign language, or other methods to help your child express themselves.
  • Social interaction: We can help your child learn appropriate ways to interact with others, take turns, and play.
  • Daily living skills: This could include potty training, self-care routines, and following directions.
  • Remember, every child develops at their own pace. A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will conduct a thorough assessment to determine the best starting point and create an individualized program for your child’s specific needs.

At Family Priority, we can begin working with children with ASD as early as 18 months old.

Taking that First Step

If you have concerns about your child’s development, don’t hesitate to contact Family Priority. We offer free consultations to discuss your questions and explore if ABA therapy can benefit your child. The earlier you reach out, the sooner we can help your child on their journey to reaching their full potential.

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