Although many treatments and therapies are proposed to help, few have been studied enough to know whether they really do (or don’t) work, and for which children.
Early intervention and therapies
This reality is frustrating and confusing for families and professionals caring for children with Autism and other communication and developmental disabilities.
Autism therapies are mainly communication-based, behavioral and educational techniques used to support people with autism to fulfil their potential.
The key is evidence based.
The most effective teaching methods for children with Autism are derived from the science of ABA. ABA methods are supported by research and included in the best practices, national standards for Autism Early Intervention.
Applied Behavioural Analysis abbreviated as ABA has been used effectively with numerous disorders and disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Delays, Speech and Communication Delays.
Research also shows visual thinking is a key strength for children with Autism. The visuals reduce the frustration, increase retention therefore children with Autism are able to learn quickly. Combine these two and you have The Flashcards as a valuable resource for early intervention.
Experts agree that early intervention should be intensive, most recommend a minimum of 15-25 hours a week over 2-3 years.
So what is ABA?
ABA uses the process of breaking down a complex task into smaller simple steps. These simplified steps make learning easier. As a direct result it decreases the frustration of the individual learning complex tasks. The easier the learning process is, the easier it is to attain the targeted behaviour or answer.
The two primary tools of ABA are prompting and reinforcing.
Prompt is the assistance given to the individual to promote the correct response. e.g teacher points to the correct Flashcard.
Eventually the prompts are faded to promote an independent response.
Reinforcement increases the individual’s motivation to learn and should be immediate when teaching a new skill.
What is reinforcing to one person may not be reinforcing to another. For example, some individuals may want to work to earn verbal praise however other may not care for verbal praise and want to work for chocolate. Reinforcers will also change with time.
A task is usually presented as follows.
an instruction/request is presented
a response occurs or is
prompted to occur (e.g. teacher points to the correct flashcard)
a consequence is delivered (e.g. token or preferred item)
The Flashcards is a registered NDIS provider, delivering Australia – wide but can also be purchased independently through our website.
The resource combines both easy to follow ABA programs and 727 visuals as one product.
Tap into your child’s world with the use of visuals.
The programs included assist with
The Flashcards is based on evidence and research, designed for Autism Spectrum Disorder and assisting many children with intellectual, developmental and communication disabilities and delays.