ABA Horizons believes every child can learn. Especially when given the right tools and support. Despite if they learn differently from you and I. We strive to help young people on the spectrum to maximise their potential.
Based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, we provide high quality, individualised services. We increase effective learning by reducing barriers that prevents learning. We teach functionally equivalent skills to replace behaviours that may challenge.
Frequently Asked Questions about ABA & Autism
What is the Autism Spectrum (ASD)?
- ASD is a developmental disorder that affects how a person interacts with the world around them.
- It is characterised by difficulties in social interaction and communication and the presence of restricted or repetitive patterns of thoughts, behaviours and/or interests.
- As ASD is a spectrum, the characteristics vary in severity and present differently for each individual. We believe that each child is unique and will have their own strengths and challenges.
- Access to the right supports can allow individuals with ASD to be as independent as possible and lead meaningful lives. Due to the varied nature of ASD, ABA Horizons provides utilises evidence based strategies and techniques that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the person.
- If you are concerned your child may have ASD, make an appointment to speak to your GP about your concerns and getting a referral for a paediatric assessment.
- You can also receive a referral for a paediatric assessment for other professionals such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists. The specifics of the paediatric assessment process varies between local authorities.
- In some areas you may be seen by a team of professionals, in other areas you may be seen solely by one professional. For more information on diagnosis, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/diagnosis
What is ABA?
ABA is a term used to encompass a collection of scientifically proven principles and techniques to bring about meaningful and beneficial change for individuals to increase their quality of life.
ABA can be used to teach a variety of meaningful skills such as:
- Communication skills
- Academic skills
- Self-help skills such as toilet training
- Social skills
- Play skills
- Many more skills that help prepare a child for their prosperous life ahead!
ABA can also help reduce behaviours that limit the acquisition of the above skills by teaching replacement skills to help the child to get their needs met without the need to engage in behaviours that may challenge.
ABA and ASD:
- ABA is the most effective and scientifically validated treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is considered a well-established treatment and has an extensive research base indicating positive outcomes for many individuals with ASD.
- The research clearly shows that individuals with ASD who receive ABA services show moderate to large improvements in IQ, language and communication, play skills, adaptive skills and social interactions compared to individuals who receive no ABA intervention.
- ABA utilises a wide range of evidence-based procedures to facilitate skill acquisition, reduce barriers to learning and increase independence.
- An individualised ABA programme targets specific areas in development based on the child’s needs and breaks these complex skills down into small, teachable skills.
- For more information on the effectiveness of ABA for individuals with ASD see our free information.
When to Use ABA:
If you are considering starting ABA, the following information may help you decide if ABA Horizons is right for you. ABA may be beneficial if your child:
- Has an ASD diagnosis.
- Is struggling to meet their developmental milestones.
- Has delays in areas such as language, communication, play and self-help skills.
- Has barriers that are interfering with their learning, such as challenging behaviours or restrictive behaviour patterns.
- Is struggling to participate in their community.
- Is finding it difficult to make friends or socially engage.
- Needs help with school readiness skills.
If you have more questions regarding the suitability of ABA for your child please get in touch, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!