For many families living in Park Ridge, autism therapy can be a godsend when it’s executed correctly. However, for many parents, autism therapy only does so much if it’s not reinforced at home. The more parents and family members actively participate in reinforcing the skills learned in the therapy sessions, the more progress the child is likely to make.
The Impact Parents Can Have on Autism Therapy
The likelihood of an autistic child correcting behaviors or learning new skills is heavily dependent on how active parents actually become in the Park Ridge autism therapy sessions. Children learn and use new skills quicker when parents participate in the design and execution of different interventions and learn slower when it’s done solely by the therapist or instructor.
Carrying Therapy Over into Parenting
In comparison to the amount of time that parents spend with their children, interventions with Park Ridge autism therapy typically only account for 30 to 40 hours each week. Being more involved with interventions makes it easier for parents to carry over the lessons learned with the therapist throughout the week. However, this is most productive when there are not stark differences between the methods used in therapy and the parent’s approach thereafter.
Coping with the Stressors Associated with Autism
Communication issues are one of the leading sources of stress for many families with autistic children. Therapists can provide parents with tips for dealing with communication errors or additional issues that may relate to emotional stress, transitional stress, caregiver stress, or family functioning stress.
Cornerstones Autism Services provides individualized, Applied Behavior Analysis treatment for each client. The team of behavioral therapists, registered behavioral technicians and board-certified behavior analysts provide therapy services to local families with autistic children as young as two-years-old, up through their transition into adulthood.