Autism Parenting Magazine has revealed more than a third of autism caregivers use an ABA therapy provider to support a child on the spectrum.
In a survey sent out by Autism Parenting Magazine (APM) to more than 160,000 email subscribers, over a third of responders confirmed they are using an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider for their child.
In fact, a substantial 36.5% of caregivers reported that they use an ABA therapy provider and 93.7% of these individuals would recommend ABA to other autism caregivers.
A total of 72.4% of respondents identified themselves as autism parents, while the remaining participants were grandparents, full-time carers, teachers, therapists, doctors, or individuals on the spectrum.
ABA therapy can support children on the autism spectrum in many ways, including the development of social skills, life skills, stronger communication, and adapting challenging behaviors.
From the ABA users surveyed by APM, 79.2% said they have seen an improvement in their child’s meltdowns, while 89.9% have seen improvements in their child’s communication.
“Within the autism community there are mixed feelings about ABA. But, research has shown time and again that ABA is the most effective treatment for autism for reducing problematic behaviors and increasing adaptive skills. When correctly implemented, ABA can be life changing, not just for your child, but for your entire family,” says behavior analyst Angelina Macdonald, MS, BCBA, LMFT.
“ABA can be used as an intervention strategy not only to understand certain behavior better but also to change or modify behaviors through scientifically-based principles,” adds Carol Tatom RBT, an autism mom and behavior technician. “The basic principles of ABA therapy are designed to help alter challenging behaviors over time into more functional and ‘appropriate’ behaviors.”
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