Why Choose ABA-VB for your child’s early intervention?
Applied Behavioral Analysis - Verbal Behaviour (ABA-VB or AVB) is currently the most effective form of behavioral intervention used to treat children with autism. It works well because it does not only work on a child’s speech, communication, self-help skills and academic skills; it also corrects behaviors that hinder a child’s learning performance and creates drive to learn. The result is a self-driven child who communicates and engages in social interaction appropriately.
Some behaviors that disrupt learning:
“stimming” – self-stimulatory behaviors children with autism engage in to self-regulate sensory inputs. While undertanding that certain extent of “stimming” should be permitted, we teach the child other or more acceptable ways to regulate themselves.
“short attention span” – due to the way their brains are wired to process imformation, some struggle to finish listening or speaking a sentence. We design programs that will help increase attention span and hence boost learning performance.
Defiance: reluctance to follow instructions/rules. Our programs not just correct such behaviors, but also makes it rewarding to do so. The child becomes motivated to achieve social approval.
Lack of motivation – we motivate them by making learning a positive and reinforcing experience. Intrinsic motivation is the goal
Lack of social awareness – associated with lack of imitation skills. Imitation is how most of us acquire skills - we learn by watching and copying.
Unlike a typical child, one with autism isn’t born with skills to communicate - it takes explicit training (behavioral intervention) to learn such skills. Very often, disruptive behaviors such as “stimming”, low attention span, defiance, lack of social awareness and lack of motivation are the main factors why the child isn’t able to reach his fullest potential. While speech therapy and occupational therapy effectively tackle certain areas, behavioral intervention is still highly recommended in order to optimally benefit from any other forms of therapy.