For school-aged children, the Association of Behavior Consultants (ABC) maintains an emphasis on providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses the core deficit areas of autism and other developmental delays. The focus on intervention includes language, social interaction, joint attention and imitation skill development while employing more age-appropriate activities and materials.
Primary treatment models for older children include Applied Behavior Analaysis (ABA) and Teaching and Education of Autistic and Communication related Handicapped Children (TEACH), which are empirically supported interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with a wide range of severity and cognitive capacity (McGee et. al, 1999; National Standards Project, 2009) and Functional Adaptive Skills Training (FAST).
FAST is provided for children and young adults ranging from 6-18 years of age and utilizes evidence-based intervention and curriculum to address deficits across functional developmental domains. Interventions are based on the individual needs of the family and the children receiving services. Duration of services may run one to two years and/or when the planning team has determined that services are no longer necessary. The goals of the FAST program are to increase functional skills; deficits are targeted within communication, social, adaptive daily living specifically as well as the reduction or elimination of aberrant behavior.
Your child’s individualized treatment program will be implemented with his/her individual abilities, needs, cognitive level and learning style in mind, integrating several treatment methodologies – all of which are empirically demonstrated to be effective for a child with a profile similar to your child’s.