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It Takes a Village


There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. For a child with autism, it takes a very special kind of village. Autism is such a complicated, tricky path to navigate for both the kids and the parents who struggle to find the strategy that is the best choice for their individual child. This can be a very scary choice. It is so important to select the right type of therapy and the right providers that both push the child and make them comfortable at the same time. There is no road map that says go here and do this. I am what I like to call a “VIP member” of the autism club. I have two children on the spectrum and one is a girl to boot. After my daughter, Kennedy, was diagnosed I wanted to do everything I could to give her the tools she needed to fulfill all of her wonderful potential. I decided I would give ABA a try, and so I checked around and visited a few places. The moment I walked into The Applied Behavior Center, I knew this would be where Kennedy could grow, learn and blossom. Everyone […]

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Jake: Working ourselves out of a job


Jake started with the Applied Behavior Center in June 2010. When he started, he had little interest in social interaction and had little social language. We designed a program for Jake focused on requesting his wants and needs, motor imitation, following simple instructions and labeling simple nouns and verbs. In addition to social interactions and language, Jake would have problem behaviors if something was out of routine or not how he expected. For example, if you took a wrong turn while walking or the “wrong” parent picked him up, Jake would cry or have a tantrum. Jake and his therapist also accomplished a lot with his food program. After many frustrating days, Jake will now try almost any food and eats with the family. Socially, Jake would not go outside and play without a parent, and he would not try to participate in sports. His therapist described how they worked through problematic social and group behaviors with pretend play, sharing and board games. They also worked through having some independent work within a group setting in 20-minute rotations. As Jake worked through filling in his skills at the Center, he was able to transition to school with a therapist. His […]

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What Type of Therapy Does the Applied Behavior Center Do?


All seven of our locations treat patients with autism on a one-on-one basis with a treatment known as applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA therapy uses proven procedures to increase desired behaviors, such as speech, social and daily living skills, and decrease unwanted behaviors, such as tantrums and aggression. These techniques can be used in structured settings (e.g., classrooms and therapy clinics) and more natural settings (e.g., playgrounds and restaurants). ABA has been used successfully with people of all ages, with and without disabilities, in a variety of settings to promote independence, quality of life, and happiness. Once a child receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it’s important to find treatment options that address your child’s specific difficulties and maximize his/her strengths. ABA therapy has the best track record of scientifically demonstrating effectiveness. At The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, we strive to set your child on a course for future success. Whether your family is seeking year-round therapy or a therapeutic boost during the summer months, The Applied Behavior Center for Autism has an option for you. To learn more about The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, contact Sheiletha Quinn, Director of Business Development at 317-849-5437, ext 112.

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