– By Tony Russo, BCBA
Early Intervention is essential for children 5yrs and under who are diagnosed with, or are at risk for, ASD, ADHD, or other developmental delays/disabilities. However, the most impactful outcomes are associated with children starting comprehensive, quality treatment programs at a very young age.
Although progress looks different for every child, parents may see their non-vocal child develop functional language, improve their independent play skills, engage in a more meaningful manner with peers, and experience a reduction in problem behavior during their ABA treatment sessions. While success is based on a variety of factors, parent involvement, individualized strategies, and child-lead programming can exponentially increase the probability of positive outcomes.
Early Intervention can reduce the likelihood that a toddler with developmental delays may eventually be diagnosed with ASD, while also improving the quality of life for a child already living with ASD. In addition, a supportive and compassionate treatment plan empowers families to navigate life more successfully after their child receives a diagnosis of ASD.
Early Intervention can have a significantly positive impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges at home; it can also greatly increase opportunities for successful interactions at school and/or with peers. The science-backed activities children participate in during ABA sessions are an investment in the child’s life that will continue to compound over time. The earlier a child who shows signs of any delay can start an early intervention program, the greater the benefit that child is likely to enjoy.