Have you noticed behavioral issues or developmental delays in your child that concern you?
Have you recently received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder on your Child?
Are you confused what Autism Spectrum Disorder means?
Do you want to better understand your child and what treatments are available for ASD?
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder process the world in a unique and intricate way. Some common struggles of children on the spectrum tend are repetitious play, social skill deficits (i.e., eye contact, sharing and turn taking, initiating play), maintaining play, relating to others, managing feelings, imaginative play, and connecting with their world. When autistic children can learn skills to improve functioning, they are less likely to have behavioral issues and can more easily function within their environment.
In my work with children on the spectrum, I use the approach of AutPlay Therapy.
What is AutPlay Therapy?
AutPlay is a behavioral and play therapy treatment approach for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, and neuro-developmental disabilities. AutPlay helps children to develop new skills in a fun and engaging way through the use of play. Children are provided an opportunity to communicate their thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires through play, as play is a child’s natural language. AutPlay addresses skill improvement and enhances competency in the areas of social skills, relationship development, and emotional regulation. As each child is thoroughly assessed, a treatment plan is designed to include specific interventions to improve skill deficits and parent concerns. Additionally, a parent-training component is incorporated to involve parents in the therapeutic process by providing tools to use to further their child’s development at home.
What is ABA Therapy?
Behavior analysis utilizes positive reinforcement. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
Behavior analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960s. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction. Some allowed the child to take the lead. Since that time, a wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood.
These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in "everyday" situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant and others will involve teaching the parents how to work with their children.
Still Unsure About Therapy for Your Child?
We have two Registered Play Therapists on staff at our Uptown Dallas and Rockwall, Texas locations and many other highly trained therapists with significant experience working with young children in school settings and private practice. They are willing to meet with parent's initially to discuss what concerns you about your child prior to beginning play therapy. At DCTC, we want you to feel comfortable that you are choosing the right therapist for you and your child without any pressure.
If you would like to schedule an initial appointment to discuss your child therapy needs, please click the "schedule your appointment" box below and fill out the form. Someone will be in touch with you ASAP. We strive to return calls, emails and contact forms within a 2 hour time frame during business hours.