Child Autism UK provides Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and related services for children with autism. This page and those linked below give a general outline of those services. For further details of how ABA can help your child please get in touch with the Child Autism UK helpline on 01344 882248.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Full ABA programmes
Child Autism UK has an established model for the implementation of holistic ABA programmes. You can find more information here.
Low intensity ABA programmes
Some parents are not able to fund full ABA programmes and so we offer a reduced hours option. This could mean reduced levels of supervision from our case managers or reduced tutor hours for the child. One of our case managers will come and discuss which level of reduced hours and targets that can still improve the child’s quality of life.
Short Term ABA programmes
We appreciate that some parents are not able to fund full ABA programmes and so we offer a short term full programme with the aim of providing evidence for Local Authorities of the efficacy of ABA for your child. Please refer to Full ABA Programmes for more details.
Support Services for Families
Child Autism UK training courses equip parents with the skills to participate in and assist with ABA programmes and modules. See the range of courses that are currently available here.
These services address specific aspects of behaviour associated with the autistic spectrum. They are structured programmes offering support and intervention tailored to the individual needs of the child.
How to teach your child to talk/communicate
Good communication is essential for the child’s quality of life and often reduces other behaviour difficulties. Your child may be taught to speak or may at first need additional support such as PECS (picture exchange communication system) or sign language. Our case managers will assess which communication system is best for you and your child and show you how to capture your child’s motivation.
We have worked in conjunction with Warwick University to research the effectiveness of our communication programmes. We’ve had excellent results which will be published later this year.
How to teach your child to make friends, play and other social skills
One of the key areas of concern for parents is will their child be able to make and maintain friendships. We can offer a structured programme to help your child, where we teach you and your family how to develop these crucial play skills. One of our case managers will assess your child to find starting points. We then take a systematic approach which could involve teaching, toy play, parallel play, sharing, conversation skills, theory of mind, group play or emotional regulation skills depending on the needs of your child.
We will give you the targets and skills to help your child at home, on playdates or in clubs.
How to reduce your child’s behaviour difficulties
We view behaviours not so much being part of the child but part of a context. The first thing our case managers will do is analyse why the behaviour is occurring more in one context than another. Most behaviours are a form of communication so when once we have established what the child is trying to communicate, we will show you how to teach them an alternative way of getting their needs met. Other behaviours have a sensory function (i.e. the child enjoys it or it is self-soothing), if it is in the best interests of the child to reduce the behaviour, we will help you find an alternative (sensory equivalent) behaviour to replace it with.
We are only able to work on challenging behaviours if everyone in the child’s life is onboard. We are happy to work with schools, nurseries, grandparents etc to ensure consistency. Unfortunately we are unable to help without this wrap around approach. A free of charge preliminary meeting can be arranged to assess whether our service is a good fit.
How to teach your child better eating habits
Many children with autism have restrictive diets, sometimes only choosing to eat one particular texture, or one particular coloured food. Our case managers are trained in techniques such as systematic desensitisation which can increase your child’s choices without it becoming a battle of wills.
How to prepare your child for school/ other transition
Transition to nursery, school or senior school can be a very difficult time for children with autism and their families. One of our case managers can come and assess your child and the next placement to establish targets that you can work on at home. These will usually include not only skills that they will need in the next placement but also tools to reduce any anxiety around the transition.
How to reduce your child’s anxiety
One of the major difficulties for children with autism is dealing with an anxiety that often comes from feeling unsure of what’s going to happen next and a fear of not being in control. One of our case managers will assess your child and give you ways that you can help him/her manage their emotions.
How to toilet train your child
Many children with autism have difficulty becoming toilet trained and many reach school age before they are successful in this area. There are many methods for toilet training and our staff will be able to assess your child and the family situation and provide you with training in the best method for you and your child.