There are many benefits to providing children with Autism a collaboration of different therapies in addition to Applied Behavior Analysis services.
- Occupational therapy (OT) provides children with skills to help regulate themselves. These skills may help decrease inappropriate stims and help provide children with more socially acceptable skills for regulation.
- OT can provide children with strategies to help with motor skills.
- OT can have a different perspective on activities of daily living and as such can provide different and alternative interventions to increase independence on self-care activities.
- OT improves children independent living skills, such as self-care.
- Speech therapy can help children with functional communication skills. Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) can provide additional support to the children to develop communication skills.
- SLPs may also provide education and the introduction of alternatives to vocal communication in the form of augmentative devices or picture exchange communication system (PECS).
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) develops personal one-on-one interventions for children to develop functional skills.
- ABA focuses on helping children with social, academic, and behavioral concerns.
- ABA will also focus on providing children with skills for functional communication.
- Physical therapy (PT) can help provide children with additional motor function and can help with children who have low muscle town or balance issues.
- PT can also help with coordination for children.
- Collaboration of all therapies can help ensure that the most effective treatment is provided to the child in all settings.
Fusion of all therapies will provide children exposure to different strategies and interventions in different settings to help with day-to-day life.