Teen ABA Therapy
ABA Therapy for Teens
Teens need customized autism treatment plans when it comes to ABA Therapy. In some cases, autism is not recognized early on but becomes more visible once a child reaches puberty.
Whether your child just received this late diagnosis or you’re dealing with changes in your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program), ABA Centers of Florida can provide the special attention your teen with autism needs.
As your child grows into a teenager, needs change and ABA Therapy may include new goals and new plans of action.
ABA Therapy for teens may include:
Examples may include playing board games or video games to get into the habit of focusing on a goal. Simple card games or board games may be the first step before working toward more detailed games
Teens on the autism spectrum may feel as though they don’t fit in because they struggle creating and maintaining relationships with other teens. We will help your teenager interpret what other people are thinking or feeling. Role playing is especially important in enhancing communication skills
Teens can learn to calm down and relax through music, including listening to music
Examples may include counting money, and games involving the
exchange of money
Examples may include having your teen read simple, but interesting, books and talking about what they’ve read
-Helping the teen pick a job that is right for their skill set
-Working on resumes
-Practicing interview skills
-Role-playing various job scenarios
-Helping place the teen in an environment that is safe for them to work or live.
THE PRIMARY GOAL OF TEENAGE ABA THERAPY
The primary goal of ABA therapy with teens is teaching adaptive skills. These are the skills that enable the teen to have some level of personal independence. It also helps the teen meet standards that would be expected from someone of their own age or social group.
Our goal at ABA Centers of Florida is to use positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate behavior during this process. Adaptive behavior changes as the teen grows older and culture and society have different demands.
It’s important that the teen learns coping mechanisms that come with those demands whether it’s in school, at work, out in public with friends or at home with the family.