Intervention Age is Important
The earlier a child begins undergoing ABA therapy, the greater the outcome will be for their development. Early intervention is an important part of the process and has been proven to have a positive impact while improving a child’s IQ, language ability and social interaction during this study by Autism Speaks.
We work with children as young as 18 months old in our centers. The intensive levels of treatment a child undergoes at an early age can play an important part in reaching their fullest potential, especially in our centers with a 1-to-1 ratio of therapist-to-child. Your child always has our full attention.
When your child begins treatment with us, they will undergo a thorough assessment to gauge their specific behavioral needs. This assessment is known as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). It is objective and points to a child’s behavioral strengths compared to their typically developing peer groups. We observe the child’s behavior during this assessment before sitting down with family members to make recommendations for ongoing therapy.
The same assessment is done every six months for each child at our center. It helps our Behavior Analysts plan for the following six months of treatment with a design specific to the needs of each child.
While early intervention is important, we do welcome a range of ages at our centers. Most of the children we work with are between 18 months and 13 years old. There can be some exceptions to this depending on the situation.
How often we recommend seeing a child varies based on the individual. It can be as many as 40 hours per week for some children while others that are verbal could need less than 10 hours. Six hours per week is the minimum a child can be at our centers, but recommended treatment could be longer. It’s specific to the child and can be better estimated after the initial assessment.