Most providers offer a single approach, usually Discreet Trial Training or some form of Contemporary Applied Behavioral Analysis. When you consult with a typical provider, you will invariably be told that the single treatment approach that they offer is the best treatment approaches for your child. Their prescription will be based on their own existing program, rather than on your child’s individual needs.This is like having your prescription made out before having been seen by the doctor.In fact, there are several approaches that are evidence-based and effective, although no single approach will work with every child, and the same child and family will benefit from a customized package of treatments.  Available Treatments fall into two broad categories: Developmental (sometimes called “Child-Centered” or “Child-Directed”) approaches, and Behavioral or “Highly Structured.”

Why a Prescription Approach

These approaches consider a child’s current stage of development in various areas as extremely important in understanding how he thinks and understands the world. Treatment plans are based on this assessment of how the child thinks, and based on her own individual preferences, sensitivities, and experiential background, seek to use play and other natural routines to teach the vast majority of new developmental behavioral skills.

How do we develop Prescriptions?These approaches consider the child’s learning environment as an essential tool for teaching and changing behavior. An analysis is done of the environment, and a program is developed to use the environment to change or teach new behaviors. “Structure” is used to direct the child through learning exercises, which may include the use of rewards when the child resists or does not want to cooperate with the adult-directed agenda.
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