Treating autism spectrum disorder and Social-communication programmes by NHS

Social-communication programmes

Your child may be offered a type of programme called a ‘social-communication intervention’. This aims to help them communicate and interact with people and make social situations easier.

Depending on your child’s age, these programmes may take place at school, or with a parent, carer or teacher.

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA)

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) involves breaking down skills (such as communication and cognitive skills) into small tasks and teaching those tasks in a highly structured way, as well as rewarding and reinforcing positive behaviour while discouraging inappropriate behaviour.

ABA sessions are normally carried out at home, although some programmes can be integrated into schools or nurseries.

An ABA programme usually begins with simple tasks that become more complex over time, which can help your child’s development by gradually improving their skills.

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