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Putting the Pieces Together

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a confusing and complex disorder, affecting each individual in his or her own unique way. If your child has been diagnosed with ASD, Engage Behavioral Health can help. Using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), our therapists can treat children with various degrees of ASD to improve socially significant behaviors and adaptive living skills, and reduce aggressive behaviors.

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What is ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a general term for a complex group of brain development disorders that affect individuals’ social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. There are many forms of ASD.

Symptoms or characteristics of ASD vary, with skills and levels of impairment differing between each child. As a result, each individual with ASD will have his or her own pattern of autism. Signs of ASD include:

  • Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction
  • Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities
  • Unusual responses to people, objects or situations
  • Delayed development of speech or language
  • Difficulty developing “normal” relationships with others

Signs of ASD are typically recognized during the first two years of life, and can result in significant impairment in social, occupational or other areas of current functioning.

How Can Engage Behavioral Health Help?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment of autism, having been shown to improve socially significant behaviors and adaptive living skills, and reduce aggressive or self-stimulatory behaviors. Studies have demonstrated that ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play and self-care, and increase participation in family and community activities.

Because each child with ASD is different, effective therapy treatments must be uniquely tailored to his or her individual needs. Our compassionate and highly trained behavior analysts develop individualized ABA programs for children with all forms of ASD that allow them to learn in their natural environments and are suited to their unique learning styles.

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