Autism & Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
ABA therapy helps children with autism learn behaviors that will keep them safe and live fulfilling lives. Being a newer type of therapy, In-Sync Pediatric Therapy is the only company to offer ABA along with OT, PT, and ST in the area. This allows us to treat the whole child. With locations in Van Buren and Fort Smith, AR, we provide therapies in our clinic, or at home. Therapy is different for every child. The therapists at In-Sync Pediatric Therapy will design a program that will benefit your child and meet them where they are.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Based on studies, autism impacts about one of every 44 children in the US. There are both genetic and environmental factors that can cause someone to be diagnosed with ASD. There is often nothing about how they look that sets them apart from other people, but they may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from others. The abilities of people with ASD can vary significantly. For example, some people with ASD may have advanced conversation skills, whereas others may be nonverbal. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others can work and live with little to no support.
Common Characteristics of ASD
Children with ASD often struggle with social communication and interaction skills, display restricted or repetitive behaviors, and often have unique ways of learning, moving, or concentrating. Below are some common characteristics of ASD according to the CDC.
Social Communication and Interaction Skills
- Avoids or does not keep eye contact
- Does not respond to name by 9 months of age
- Does not show facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised by 9 months of age
- Does not play simple interactive games like pat-a-cake by 12 months of age
- Does not share interests with others by 15 months of age (for example, shows you an object that they like)
- Does not point to show you something interesting by 18 months of age
- Does not notice when others are hurt or upset by 24 months of age
- Does not notice other children and join them in play by 36 months of age
- Does not pretend to be something else, like a teacher or superhero, during play by 48 months of age
Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors or Interests
- Lines up toys or other objects and gets upset when order is changed
- Repeats words or phrases over and over (called echolalia)
- Plays with toys the same way every time
- Is focused on parts of objects (for example, wheels)
- Gets upset by minor changes
- Has obsessive interests
- Must follow certain routines
- Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles
- Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
- Delayed language skills
- Delayed movement skills
- Delayed cognitive or learning skills
- Hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior
- Anxiety, stress, or excessive worry
- Lack of fear or more fear than expected
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is provided in the home, community, or clinic, utilizing our specialized natural-environment spaces and equipment through private insurance plans. It’s also paired with occupational, speech, and/or physical therapy as needed.
Our specialized ASD classrooms consist of a unique and collaborative blend of services determined by a multidisciplinary team assessment, which includes ABA therapy. Each staff member specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ABA, and the most up-to-date intervention methods utilizing a structure, functional play, and improved social engagement. This classroom empowers families by providing the support and tools needed to create a successful home environment for all family members. Through a collaborative approach with professionals and families, our goal is to assist these children in reaching developmentally-appropriate milestones and ultimately thrive within an integrated classroom setting.
Our Clinic Environment
Each center includes:
- Low stimulation environment
- Sensory gym
- Small group instruction
- Individual instruction
- Individual visual schedules and transitional cues
Each specialty classroom includes excellent staff that is thoroughly trained in a variety of behavioral and autism-related interventions and other specialized services. Our multi-disciplinary teams include physical, occupational, and speech therapists and Registered Behavior Technicians. RBTs operate under the direct supervision of a BCBA.
Our BCBAs and behavior technicians are passionate about providing the best resources, education, and support they can give. Our staff also participates in specialized training to best serve your child.
Step One: Fill Out Our Enrollment Form
Step Two: Send Us Your Child’s Diagnosis of ASD
Step Three: You and Your Child Attend Your First in-Person Meeting With a BCBA
We will spend a few hours getting to know your child and decide if in home, community, or a combination of settings is the best treatment approach. Then we will answer any questions regarding ABA you may have!
Step Four: Review the Treatment Plan
Once you sign off on the BCBA’s proposed treatment plan, we will send it off to insurance. Your insurance company will review and authorize our individualized treatment plan, and then we will begin ABA therapy with your child!
In-Sync Pediatric Therapy Center
1109 Fayetteville Rd
Van Buren, AR 72956
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Temporary Fort Smith Location
815 Fort Street
Barling, AR 72923