Comprehensive ABA Therapy is generally provided at an intensity of 30-40 hours per week for children ages 3-5 years old. Research has shown that children with autism who receive comprehensive ABA therapy have the greatest chance of recovery. Research has also shown that young children who receive ABA therapy with lesser intensity (e.g., 10-20 hours per week) are not likely to achieve recovery.
The goal of Comprehensive ABA therapy is for the child to attend a typical kindergarten classroom without needing the support of special education; this is our definition of “recovery”. Therapy is customized for each child and is based on a thorough assessment of the child’s current abilities. Treatment generally begins by training basic pre-learning skills such as eye contact, appropriate sitting and basic imitation. The therapy program quickly adjusts as the child responds to treatment and new, more advanced skills are introduced as the child masters basic skills. All programming seeks to quickly develop vocal communication and reduce or eliminate self-stimulatory behaviors.
Comprehensive ABA therapy is generally provided in the home but arrangements can be made for therapy to occur in other settings as needed.