Comprehensive ABA Treatment

Comprehensive ABA refers to treatment of the multiple affected developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning.  Maladaptive behaviors, such as noncompliance, tantrums, and stereotypy are also typically the focus of treatment.  Although there are different types of comprehensive treatment, one example is early intensive behavioral intervention where the overarching  goal is to close the gap between the client’s  level     of functioning and that of typically developing peers. These programs tend to range from 30-40 hours of treatment per week (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). Initially, this treatment model typically involves 1:1 staffing and gradually includes small-group formats as appropriate. Comprehensive treatment may also be appropriate for older individuals diagnosed with ASD, particularly if they engage in severe or dangerous behaviors across environments.
 
Initially, treatment is typically provided in structured therapy sessions, which are integrated with more naturalistic methods as appropriate.  As the client progresses and meets established criteria for participation in larger or different settings, treatment in those settings and in the larger community should  be  provided.  

Training  family  members  and other caregivers  to  manage  problem  behavior and to interact with the individual with ASD in a therapeutic manner is a critical component of this treatment  model.

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