• ABA Therapists

    What does ABA stand for?
    ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis is probably the most common and best-researched non-medical treatment available for autism. Based on the theories of behaviorism, ABA uses a reward system to teach learners everything from language skills to social skills. ABA was developed by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, and is used all over the world.

    What is AUTISM?
    Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger's Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many "autistic" social and behavioral problems).

    What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
    Asperger's syndrome was first described by a German doctor, Hans Asperger, in 1944 (one year after Leo Kanner's first paper on autism). In his paper, Dr. Asperger discussed individuals who exhibited many idiosyncratic, odd-like behaviors (see description below).

    Often individuals with Asperger's syndrome have many of the behaviors listed below:


    • lucid speech before age 4 years; grammar and vocabulary are usually very good
    • speech is sometimes stilted and repetitive
    • voice tends to be flat and emotionless
    • conversations revolve around self


    • Obsessed with complex topics, such as patterns, weather, music, history, etc.

      often described as eccentric

    • I.Q.'s fall along the full spectrum, but many are in the above normal range in verbal ability and in the below average range in performance abilities.

    • Many have dyslexia, writing problems, and difficulty with mathematics

    • lack common sense

    • concrete thinking (versus abstract)


    • movements tend to be clumsy and awkward

      odd forms of self-stimulatory behavior

    • sensory problems appear not to be as dramatic as those with other forms of autism
    • socially aware but displays inappropriate reciprocal interaction


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