The Long-Term Benefits of Autism Therapy Services for Children
by Navneet Anand
On 27 October, 2020
“Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.” - Les Brown
Children on the spectrum benefit from various forms of therapy such as applied behavior analytic (ABA) therapy which helps with teaching novel skills and decreasing maladaptive behaviors. It also provides parents with effective strategies to enable their children to lead independent lives in which they can request accommodations and complete tasks independently when appropriate. Below are some long-term benefits of therapeutic services for children diagnosed with autism.
The long-term benefits of Autism therapy services for children are:
Social skills – ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy enables children to engage in interactive play, share toys, etc. With therapy, children can learn social skills to help them with interaction with different peers and adults. This helps with the transition to school, engaging in with family members for different holiday events, and more.
Communication – Some children have a speech delay or struggle with language comprehension. Therapeutic approaches to help with developing this skill can have a long-term impact because your child learns to communicate based on their strength (i.e. vocally, signs, etc.) and learns to comprehend what is being asked of them.
Self-care skills – Some children need assistance as they are growing with various self-care skills such as dressing, eating, and brushing their teeth. Therapeutic approaches can be helpful in breaking down these complex tasks into small steps to help the child develop the independence with the task or if need be to have accommodations in place to facilitate the development of the skill.
A diagnosis does not mean that your child will be unable to engage in different activities and skills, but rather that they may need some assistance with achieving those milestones. Seek out therapeutic approaches that build on your child’s strengths and help your child live an empowered life.
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