The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is hosting an open house for its new CARD Massachusetts office opening up on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, at 118 Long Pond Road, Ste. 205 in Plymouth!
The goal of any ABA therapist is to help improve the life of the child they work with and their family using the principles of behavior analysis. By using NET, these real life applications are addressed. Throughout this past month I have learned that as you get to know a child better, you are more equipped for NET because you know what generalized skills the child could really use and are able to use reinforcers that you understand are the child’s favorite to create these effective changes and improvements in their life. Such skills as answering the phone when it rings, asking for the child’s favorite movie when they want to watch it, and responding appropriately to a sibling make life for the child and the family a whole lot easier.
The EIBI group of 40 hours or more a week gained an average of 20 IQ points over the two year period and 47 percent of these children reached average intellectual functioning, whereas the other groups showed no significant change in IQ level. This does not mean that DTT is a successful method for every individual with autism, but does work very well for the majority.