Behavioral therapy involves helping to promote positive behaviors and discourage unwanted ones.
The one you will hear most about is called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy.
What is ABA Therapy?
It has been shown to be one of the most helpful therapies for children with autism.
It helps them improve behaviors and social skills through 1-on-1 sessions and group play.
It helps them to overcome behaviors that get in the way of healthy development, and learn to use positive alternatives.
The therapist gets to know the child's strengths and motivating factors to help encourage positive behaviors.
It creates and uses a set of strategies that help that child to react positively to their environment and situations.
Click on these links to learn more about ABA!
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How to find a good ABA therapist, blog from Exceptional Lives.
Parents Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis, from Autism Speaks.
There are also other types of behavioral therapy.
Source: Autism Speaks, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)