There are many different approaches and therapeutic options to assist children with autism spectrum disorder. ABA therapy, also known as Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy or process, is an evidence-based approach to pinpointing specific problematic or challenging behaviors and teaching positive, alternative behaviors. It is a highly effective option, and it is commonly used throughout Chicago, IL.
Applied Behavioral Analysis
The focus in the use of ABA therapy is the child. Each plan is unique and reflects the challenges a specific child is experiencing. Children are taught in a structured manner, building on mastered skills and behaviors in a wide range of environments. The child has his or her own prompts and rewards during the training, making it a fun and rewarding experience.
One of the most important advantages of the ABA therapy process is the formation of positive habits. The child feels the success immediately, and one-on-one training in the specific environment helps to avoid challenges with transferring the behavior. Data is collected as part of the planning, and it is used to assess, modify, and evaluate the effectiveness of the training.
Augmented Reality Therapy
Augmented Reality Therapy, which is also known as AR, can be used in conjunction with other therapeutic options. It uses technology that includes audio, text, and images to help to make connections for individuals on the autism spectrum between the digital information and the physical world. While still relatively new, it is increasingly used by autism therapists in Chicago, IL.
AR can be used to help children to learn how to interact with each other. Apps on tablets or phones prompt pairs of children to practice social interactions, to assist with recognizing facial expressions and emotions, and in spotting nonverbal social cues during an interaction.
There are differences in apps, video overlays, and even the use of special glasses paired with headsets to provide prompts of all types. Most use a game-type platform or format, and both ASD children and their peers report enjoying both the interaction and the learning experience.
One of the advantages researchers have found with the use of AR is the ability of the autistic child to capitalize on visual learning. Having the ability to overlay these visual prompts and cues over real-world situations and experiences provide instant, positive support for social skills learning. At The Autism Therapy Group, we provide ABA therapy for children in Chicago, IL.