Autism Support & Behaviour Intervention

Autism Support & Behaviour Intervention Abbotsford

Blooming Therapies Service is dedicated to providing a well rounded therapy approach for our clients. We believe in implementing evidence based and effective therapy plans for those who need it the most. Our BCBA’s (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) are RASP Certified and can help you with some of the most difficult behaviours you face. Blooming Therapies also offers Behaviour Intervention after your therapy plan is in place, to help maximize funding dollars.

Autism & Behavioural Support:

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of conditions characterized by social challenges, nonverbal and verbal speech skills, repetitive behaviours, sensory indifferences and can have cognitive impairments. Autism’s most obvious signs tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age, although it may be diagnosable in more severe cases by around 18 months. Possible signs of Autism in babies and toddlers may include:

  • By 6 months, no social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions directed at people
  • By 6 months, limited or no eye contact
  • By 9 months, no sharing of vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
  • By 12 months, no babbling
  • By 12 months, no use of gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing, reaching, waving etc.)
  • By 12 months, no response to name when called
  • By 16 months, no words
  • By 24 months, no meaningful, two-word phrases
  • Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills

Possible Signs of Autism at any age:

  • Avoids eye contact and prefers to be alone
  • Struggles with understanding other people’s feelings
  • Remains nonverbal or has delayed language development
  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Gets upset by minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Has highly restricted interests
  • Performs repetitive behaviors such as flapping, rocking or spinning
  • Has unusual and often intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

The term Spectrum defines Autism as having multi levels of severity and form, creating a wide variation in challenges and strengths each unique child may face who is diagnosed with this disorder. Given the wide variation, it is difficult to utilize the same treatments for children with Autism and often unique therapy tools are needed. Children with Autism may benefit from Behaviour Support and Speech Therapy to help them learn to cope with social, sensory and emotional aspect of the disorder, allowing them to live more complete lives. Behaviour support has proven to be effective is promoting healthy family and peer relationships, in turn positively impacting an Autistic child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Developing healthy relationships is key to enabling a productive lifestyle. Speech Therapy can help children with Autism to develop the language and communication skills necessary to function as they grow older, positively impacting social, educational and personal aspects of their life, while allowing them to function with independence as they grow older.

 

 

If you have questions about how Speech Therapy or Behaviour Intervention can help your loved one with Autism, call Blooming Therapies today.

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