for patients of all ages
HOW BEHAVIORAL ISSUES ARE DIAGNOSED
Many diagnoses of autism or other issues start with a questionnaire like M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) or the Ages & Stages Questionnaire. After a doctor or psychologist oversees that screening and performs their own analysis, they are usually able to identify whether a child is on the autism spectrum or is facing other behavioral issues. The next step is beginning ABA therapy.
WHAT IS ABA THERAPY?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is the most well-researched and established therapy for people with autism and other behavioral challenges. It focuses on reducing problematic behavior and replacing it with appropriate, pro-social behavior. Because science has established that an individual’s behavior is determined by environmental events along with their genetic endowment and physiological variables, ABA therapy treats the problems of the disorder by altering a person’s social and learning environments.
Our most important goal is growth. In ABA, we strive to produce socially significant change in a person's life. We measure this change in terms of outcomes. An outcome is a series of behavior changes, aimed at helping a person achieve personal goals or dreams. At ChildFirst, our ABA practitioners help set measurable, reachable outcomes in order to create socially significant growth in the people we treat.
We practice Progressive ABA Therapy, which involves parents and siblings in the process and puts the child’s needs first. Essentially, we build new skills through three simple stages:
We break down skills
into easier steps.
We give your child many opportunities to practice each step.
We reward success, which motivates your child to keep trying and improving.
HOW CHILDFIRST IS DIFFERENT
In short, we help give your child their independence while supporting your entire family.