At the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research we focus on evidence-based therapies that are a proven way to teach new skills and help reduce symptoms of autism. Nearly 50 percent of children with autism who receive an early intensive intervention with ABA attain normal IQs and are educated in regular classrooms with minimal assistance.
ABA is the implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications designed to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior. ABA treats behavioral difficulties by changing the individual’s environment rather than focusing on variables that are, at least presently, beyond our control.
By modifying what happens before the behavior occurs and what happens after the behavior occurs, we can change the behavior itself.
Your participation in your child’s treatment is very important. Children with autism and other developmental disabilities sometimes have trouble demonstrating what they’ve learned with different people and in different settings. Therefore, you will be shown how you can help your child practice at home what they are learning in therapy sessions. With your permission, your child’s teacher, other service providers, siblings and friends may also be involved in coordinating treatment.