"What is ABA Therapy?" Hopebridge and 'Good Day Live' Educate Around What it Means for Kids with Autism
April 27, 2018
April 27, 2018
Following an autism diagnosis, pediatricians and psychologists often recommend Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy). For parents, this can be a nerve-wracking time with 1,000 questions running through their minds… “What does this mean for my child?” “What is ABA therapy?” “Is it too intense for him to handle?” While concern for the child and family is natural, this does not have to be such an intimidating experience.
For those new to the world of autism or just want to learn more about ABA, Hopebridge partnered with WTWO News’ “Good Day Live” to educate the community in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Earlier segments covered the diagnostic process and what it looks like behind the scenes for a family touched by ASD.
This week’s piece dove into the details of therapy basics with Hopebridge Director of ABA Melissa Chevalier. As a proven, effective therapy for children with autism, ABA uses positive reinforcement and other principles and strategies of learning to help them become more independent and teach them skills they need to be successful in life. Parents are sometimes overwhelmed by the intense environment, but Melissa reminds parents that to the kiddos, it feels much like attending daycare or preschool. As part of ABA at Hopebridge, they’ll get access to many types of learning, peers, social games and a lot of playtime.
Check out the “Good Day Live” conversation with Melissa through the link below to learn more about ABA therapy.
Interested in learning more about ABA therapy and Hopebridge’s other services, like speech and occupational therapy? Connect with us here to learn more about the personalized program we can create for your family.