Helping children with autism learn how to perform a movement such as the ability to sit, stand and reach.
Children and adolescents with autism often need special techniques to help them learn a movment. They may have attention difficulties or they may become upset when faced with the challenge of learning a new movement. It is not uncommon for children with autism to have their own unique way of learning motor skills. Many facilities use ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis to help a child with autism succeed. ABA has been defined as the process of intervening in a child’s behavior by applying the principles of learning theory. It has been shown to be an effective tool in helping children with autism learn socialization skills and independence in managing their behavior. When the child achieves this independence, he or she no longer has to rely on the intervention of others to succeed. ABA attempts to help the child learn the consequences of a given behavior more quickly. Motor Control Restoration can be considered a form of ABA in that it informs the child immediately when they are on or off target with their behavior. The immediate reward provided by this program helps the child achieve success in learning a movement more quickly. In this way, negative behaviors do not have a change to develop. This greatly speeds up the ability to learn a motor skill or movement such as standing, sitting or reaching and once learned the motor skill does not disappear over time.