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At WEAP, we understand that every child with autism is unique, and a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment does not exist.
How do you handle sensory processing issues? What does the latest research say about language delays? Can you do anything to help your child make friends? If you’re raising a child on the autism spectrum, questions like these are likely top of mind.
In our Resources section, find answers and advice in the form of blog posts, videos, and our acclaimed podcast, all autism talk. In each, we break down the science and research into information you can understand. Browse our Resources section to stay informed and get tips to help your child thrive.
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Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability known formally as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It usually appears during early childhood and can affect children’s language and communication skills, social skills, and self-regulation skills, which help us manage our emotions and behaviors in tough situations.
The spectrum, or range, of symptoms makes autism tricky to diagnose, but characteristics include:
- Deficits in communication and social interaction across multiple contexts
- Restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities
ABA stands for applied behavior analysis and is considered the most effective treatment for autism. Backed by decades of empirical research, coverage for ABA therapy is mandated in the United States, with treatment taking place in your child’s home, community, school — or in Learning Centers designed specifically for ABA services.
Despite what many people think, ABA isn’t one specific type of treatment. It’s an approach that uses a mix of interventions to teach the skills needed for children to succeed in school and life.