Planeta Imaginario Foundation is starting, once again, a training tour while developing Training Programs focused in ABA methodology. During the months of April and May we will be giving three new courses in Texas (USA) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Specifically, during the 21st and 24th of April we will do the intensive training course in Killen (Texas), oriented to Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. This course will be done thanks to the collaboration of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association.
That is why since then, every April 2nd Planeta Imaginario Foundation gets covered in blue to divulge what autism is, how detecting it and the most important, how treating it.
The epidemiological data about the rate of ASD, according to different researches and webs of reference, is 1 over 681 2 kids. It seems this incidence is maintained in time concerning the number of boys and girls that are diagnosed, being between 3 and 4 times higher in boys. Currently in Spain there are about 50.000 children with autism.
What is the ABA Intervention model? Which is its origin? How does it work?
Here we offer an introduction.
First, what do we understand by ABA? It corresponds to "Applied Behavior Analysis".
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a branch of Psychology that has provided a large amount of scientific studies –published at magazines with methodology review criteria- proving the efficacy of diverse procedures and behavioral techniques in reducing inappropriate behaviors, while increasing the repertoire of appropriate behaviors and new skills, specifically in children with autism.
It is well known the amount of difficulties that parents of kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder find once their kids are diagnosed. One of the first difficulties they find is the insufficient services provided to kids with ASD by the Public Health System which is specifically a maximum of 1h 30’ per week (this amount can vary depending on the location). This fact is far from the minimum recommended hours for the treatment of children with ASD, as well as the kind of treatment they should receive.
This fact contrasts with the current consensus among the medical international institutions, who consider that an effective treatment has to be intensive (a minimum of 20h per week), early and behavioral.
During the past 2015 the apps developed by Planeta Imaginario Foundation have been used by thousands of users, who emphasize their high functionality for children with autism to learn. These apps are based in ABA methodology and focused in developing social and language skills.
As a result of this growing interest, the website Autism Speaks gives us recognition, recommending Abaplanet as a platform that helps the development of language skills, both for children with ASD and children other learning disorders.