FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

SO WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO?
CHANGING LIVES Behavior Analysis Services, INC specializes in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. CHANGING LIVES BAS specializes in involving their client’s families/caretakers in therapy to educate and empower families members to effect positive change in their lives.

WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS?
Simply put, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how the environment affects behavior. In ABA, experimentally based principles are used to improve social behaviors.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SOCIAL BEHAVIORS?
Social behaviors are behaviors that are detrimental to an individual’s growth, development and/or
functioning. Examples: communication, hygiene, following directions, group social skills, classroom skills, domestic skills, job-skills, computer skills, cooking skills, etc.

WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental brain disorder that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood. It affects three crucial areas of development: communication, social interaction, and creative or imaginative play. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

HOW COMMON IS AUTISM?
Approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. (CDC)

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF AUTISM?
No one cause is identified as the cause of autism.
Research suggests that the development of autism is rooted in very early brain development. However, in most cases, no one cause can be identified. Research has identified several genes that can cause autism in and of themselves. These account for about 15 percent of cases of autism spectrum disorders. Research has identified more than 100 genes or gene changes (mutations) that increase the risk that a child will develop autism…” (Autism Speaks)

 WHAT IF I THINK MY CHILD HAS AUTISM? WHAT DO I DO?
Early intervention is important. Your child will need to be evaluated by a Child Psychiatrist, a Child Psychologist, a Developmental Psychiatrist, or a Pediatric Neurologist. Call Amy at 888-454-3324 for more assistance in finding a doctor to evaluate your child.