What is Autism? Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism. Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
How prevalent is autism? In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.
Why ABA? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a researches and proven therapy treatment for children on the autism spectrum. ABA, is the application of behavioral principles, to everyday situations, that will, over time, increase or decrease targeted behaviors. ABA has been used to help individuals acquire many different skills, such as language skills, self-help skills, and play skills; in addition, these principles can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injury.
Important Factors when considering ABA. Quality ABA programs are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with expertise in all the learning principles applied to therapy. Programs should be individuated and incorporate the family in order to be most effective.
A few More Facts Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability; 10 – 17 % annual growth. There is a $60 billion annual cost, and 60% of costs are in adult services.
The cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
FAR provides early intervention for families who otherwise could not afford it. FAR works with service providers that meet the highest standards and incorporate home based and or hybrid approaches that ensure family involvement.