What are some examples of before & after success stories from early intervention?
One amazing example of a success story was our work with a 6yr old client named ‘Joey’ who was diagnosed with Autism. Our team worked tirelessly to incentive Joey to become more independent with hygiene tasks, increase his functional speech, and not only remain at the table but also use silverware while eating. Joey’s baseline included tantrums – screaming, throwing things, falling to the floor, and hitting other people – which occurred when his parents asked him to participate in an activity he essentially “didn’t want to do”.
Another area Joey really struggled in was excessive iPad use. In fact, many of his worst tantrums came after being told that the iPad was not available. Through an intensive initial intervention focused on teaching joey to communicate his wants/needs in a less-destructive manner, and subsequently rewarding him for doing so, we found immediate success.
Our team introduced an incentive system whereby Joey would earn stickers for the absence of maladaptive behaviors, and a certain number of stickers would allow him access to his iPad. We also incorporated an assistive communication device while teaching simple vocalizations such that Joey was able to communicate through both mediums if he was struggling with one or the other. Joey’s ABA sessions went from 4x/week for 3hrs each down to one 2hr session once weekly to make sure he retained these essential skills and ensure his parents felt supported in continuing his programs in our absence.