ABA Therapy: What If?

Living with a brother who has autism is a blessing, but it can be challenging at times. My brother, George, wasn’t diagnosed with autism until he was ten. At this point, he had already fallen behind in terms of maximizing his potential with applied behavior analysis therapy. I hate to dwell on the “what if’s” in life, but what if George was diagnosed with autism at two years old and received ABA therapy then? If he had received at least two years of behavioral intervention, could he really be indistinguishable from his peers? If he worked on social skills in ABA therapy, could he hold a conversation with others? I guess we can never really know, but I do know that kids with autism are making improvements and reaching their maximum potential through ABA therapy. One result for the success of ABA therapy includes the team of therapists who are working with children one on one to help them achieve their maximum potential by practicing their social and play skills, receptive or expressive language, and life skills. This practice is not only endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, but also backed by clinical research which shows that children who receive ABA therapy as soon as possible make the greatest improvements. Now having knowledge about ABA therapy, let’s play the “what if” game again. If George had been diagnosed with autism at two years old, I would certainly want to enroll him in a program that specializes in ABA therapy.