Applied behavior analysis therapy
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy encourages behavior change. ABA therapy is proven to increase communication and play skills in most children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities. Henry Ford ABA therapists teach children skills that help them at home, in the community and at school. Skills we target include:
- Communicating needs and wants to others
- Play and leisure skills
- Feeding challenges
- Personal hygiene, chores, dressing
Therapy designed for your child’s unique needs
Every child learns differently. CADD staff carefully evaluate your child and interview parents and other caregivers to determine your child’s unique social and behavioral needs. Staff then develop a custom program for your child.
Behavioral Health Treatment for Autism
Some children with autism may also have other psychiatric issues, such as severe behavioral disorders or engage in self-injury. In these cases, Henry Ford pediatric neuropsychologists work closely with staff at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities to treat and manage these conditions. Treatments typically include medication and therapy. Our approach to care is:
- Evidence-based – We stay on top of the latest medication and treatment advances. We base our recommendations on treatments clinically proven to be effective and that lead to positive outcomes.
- Patient- and family-centered – We involve the entire family at every step of treatment planning and decision-making.
About our teaching methods
Henry Ford’s ABA staff use a variety of teaching methods to improve social skills and decrease problem behavior in the children we treat.