The Guidance Center of Lea County’s Autism Clinic guides families through the maze of questions and requirements related to accessing autism services. The clinic provides screenings to determine eligibility for autism evaluations. We refer and set up evaluations for children who demonstrate red flags or appear at risk for Autism. For children who receive a diagnosis of ASD and are between the ages of 12 months up to school age, the clinic provides early intensive behavior intervention utilizing Applied Behavior Analytic Therapy.
What is ABA therapy?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by reinforcing appropriate behaviors while increasing or eliminating interfering behaviors. Opportunities for success are built into the program and adjustments are made as children progress, helping them to function better in the world.
The importance of early interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
“ABA is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for ASD, and the only treatment shown to lead substantial, lasting, improvements in the lives of children with Autism.” Autism Support Network 2015