Top 10 List


Top 10 List: What Families Need to Know

1. Autism is a Spectrum

If you've met one person on the autism spectrum, you've met one person on the autism spectrum. Individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum are individuals and they each have unique perspectives, talents, and possibilities.

2. Early Intervention is Critical - Don't Wait!

Best outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum are heaviliy influenced by how young a child is at the onset of intervention. If you have concerns about your child's development or behavior, there is no better time to seek treatment than right now!

3. If Children Aren't Learning, We Need to Change How We Teach Them

Children on the autism spectrum possess the ability to learn, they just learn differently. Autism Connections works with families develop individualized plans based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to break down needed skills into teachable units; creating successful learners.

4. Not All Therapies Are the Same

ABA is the only discipline scientifically proven to create lasting, positive behavior change in the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

5. Get Involved

The only way for continuing positive change to happen for your child, is if you are invovled in their treatment decisions. No one knows your child better than you do and no one can advocate for their needs better than you.

6. Consistency Matters

The more consistent the expectations for a child - across people, across environments, day and night - the faster a child will learn. Research over recent decades has proven that those children with ABA programs that span their entire day, are year round, and include all caregivers, teachers, and professionals a child interacts with, are the ones who achieve optimum outcomes.

7. Collaboration is Key

An effective ABA program consists of a team of behavior aides, program supervisors, and parents that are willing to be trained to become ABA experts and that recognize their importance as a team member. The professionals working with your child should always let you ask questions and should always answer them.

8. Training is Crucial

An effective ABA program is one overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) person ...on a weekly basis.

9. You Are Not Alone

Adopting a therapeutic lifestyle for your child requires time and effort seemingly beyond the typical parenting of other families. Autism Connections was founded by parents with children on the autism spectrum, just like you. We can provide support and understanding through this process and beyond.

10. What To Do

Let Autism Connections help you learn more about treatments for autism and how to access and begin services for your child and family that will make a difference. Contact us today! * 4251 S. Higuera Street, Suite 800 * San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

Phone: 805-541-7130 * Fax: 805-541-7131