It is important for parents to know their child’s developmental stages. Finding the resources and help they need such as ABA Therapy will help them grow and develop to their fullest potential. Finding help can seem overwhelming, but Solstice Behavioral Health & Consulting is here to help guide the journey for you and your little one. With over 20 years of experience providing quality ABA therapy and extracurricular activities for children with autism, our program has helped hundreds of students progress and build the life skills they need for independent living.
How do I know if my child needs ABA Therapy?
Knowing if your child needs ABA therapy is a team decision. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be difficult to diagnose. Unlike other conditions, there is no medical test, like a blood test, to confirm the disorder. Instead, the specialists at Solstice Behavioral Health & Consulting will consider the child’s developmental history and early signs and symptoms to make a diagnosis. It is imperative that your child receive help as early in their development as possible.
With most children, the initial evaluation will be conducted over a few visits where a specialist will evaluate your child’s responses and behavior to different scenarios.
5 Signs Your Child Needs ABA Therapy Support
1. Your child has difficulty with communication and social interaction.
Many children with autism seem at a loss when asked a question. ABA Therapy focuses on incremental improvements in many types of communication including social skill development like answering questions. Communication with peers and adults is a priority for communicating needs, wants, and discomforts.
Communication also includes a wide spectrum of skills such as listening, imitating, reading, speaking, and empathy. Dr. Solandy Forte and her team of clinicians and therapists will design a program based on your child’s needs and skill level. We are confident that our approach will dramatically improve any child’s communication.
2. Difficulty with Independent Living Skills.
Independent living skills include things like putting on clothes, brushing teeth, and bathing.
A trained ABA clinician can break down age-appropriate daily life tasks into a series of teachable steps for your child. By learning to wash their hands and put shoes on, your child grows a sense of independence that will grow as they build on their skills.
3. Challenges at preschool or daycare.
Many children with autism have difficulty in a classroom setting. Each day presents a series of decision-making and self-regulation challenges. ABA Therapy can help him learn to self-soothe or communicate his emotions effectively.
4. Difficulty straying away from routine or transitioning between tasks.
Transitioning from one activity to the next is a common area of difficulty for children with autism. Although routines are definitely recommended, it’s also important to practice transitions and unexpected events. ABA Therapy can help them build that flexibility into their routine while reinforcing good routines and transitions such as going from their morning routine to their school routine. Coping with uncertainty and change through communication and self-soothing can prevent meltdowns and unsafe behaviors.
5. Difficulty identifying or communicating emotion.
Teaching children how to recognize and communicate emotion is extremely important for social participation and self-understanding. Our clinicians and staff can teach children to recognize visual and verbal cues related to different emotional states. Whether they are communicating their own emotions or understanding the emotions of others, they are becoming familiar with the major emotional states and how to respond to each one. This will decrease simple misunderstandings and frustrations and well as teach them the importance of recognizing and handling their own emotions.It is also a part of Connecticut’s early learning and development standards implemented by schools and daycares.
Solstice Behavioral Health & Consulting is a team of Master and Doctoral-level experts who specialize in treating children with autism and their families. With over 20 years of experience in the field of autism, we engage our families within a caring and compassionate environment that allows for the development of a therapeutic relationship. Call us at (203) 900-4720 to get started with an individualized treatment plan for your child and benefit from evidence-based teaching methods and a state-of-the-art facility.