Autism Case Study: Three-Year-Old Starts Eating Regularly and Socializing
How Liam’s life changed dramatically in just 4 months
(All names changed for privacy)
Low functioning children with autism often cannot communicate their wants and needs. Out of frustration, anxiety, and anger, they may resort to self-injurious behaviors.
Jessica and Daniel didn’t like it when three-year-old Liam would bite or scratch them… but what devastated them the most was watching Liam hurt himself. Sometimes he would bang his head on solid objects or walls. Other times, he would bite himself.
As you can imagine, Jessica and Daniel were distraught.
Liam could not verbally communicate his needs. His only resort to express a need was to pull his parents close to the thing he wanted. He struggled to follow directions, and did not engage family members (let alone other children) in play.
Worse, Liam would refuse to eat for weeks at a time. Jessica and Daniel worried a lot about his nutrition.
The parents felt like they were being held hostage by Liam’s challenging behaviors. They were always walking on eggshells to anticipate his needs and avoid a meltdown.
Jessica and Daniel also avoided going out in public because it was just too difficult.
They didn’t know whom to turn to or where to go to get help, but eventually they heard about Ascend Behavior Partners and enrolled Liam in our program.
Four Months of Transformation
While ABA therapy is usually prescribed for long periods of time, at Ascend Behavior Partners we have been able to help a lot of children make quick progress.
Liam started with us in March 2019. Katie, the Board Certified Behavior Analyst on the case, put together a plan to help him learn to communicate and self-regulate better. The plan included:
Learning how to communicate with sign language
- Training Liam how to tolerate being denied what he wants
- Feeding intervention
- Parent training
- Skill development through Discrete Trial Training (breaking down skills into smaller tasks so Liam can master them more easily)
The results have been fantastic. Liam is now:
- Communicating his needs and wants with sign language
- Tantruming less
- Engaging in far less aggression and self-injurious behavior
- Eating regularly, except when sick
- Interacting with his parents, grandparents, therapists, and more.
- Engaging in parallel play with other kids
Jessica and Daniel are now able to take Liam out in public more often, and they are able to understand what he wants or needs, most of the time. They feel equipped to handle challenges as they arise, and find it easier to accept the temper tantrums when they surface because they know that the services are working. For Jessica and Daniel, ABA therapy with Ascend Behavior Partners has been a life saver.
What Jessica and Daniel did that ALL Parents Should Do
Jessica and Daniel made two very important decisions:
- To get the professional help they needed now (instead of later… the older your child gets, the harder it becomes to help them)
- Participating with our team
Jessica and Daniel have been superstars, working with us to practice what we are doing in therapy when the therapist isn’t around.
The Secret to Liam’s Success
So, what was it that helped Liam grow so much in two years? How did he end up on a trajectory to live a much fuller and happier life?
One element is seeing each child as a holistic individual with their own strengths, weaknesses, and ways of communicating.
But the most important factor that helped Liam is the fact that his parents took action and got the help they needed.
They appreciated that the longer you wait to get help, the longer it takes to help your child. They decided that they didn’t want to stall or delay or look into it “someday.”
Now look where Liam is.
There’s Hope for Every Child
Imagine train tracks that stretch all the way to the horizon. If you alter the course of those train tracks just a couple of degrees, they will end up miles away from where they point now.
ABA therapy is about helping your child change direction now, so they end up at a totally different destination in the future.
By helping children with autism learn the communication, social, and life skills they need, we can help them live more independently for the rest of their lives.
There is hope for every child.
Now It’s Your Turn
Would you like to get help for your child? Our team of highly experienced professionals has many decades of combined experience helping kids with autism.
We can look at ways to address whatever is on your mind, including:
- Signs of autism
- Helping you set up a diagnostic evaluation
- Toileting issues
- Temper tantrums
- Social skills issues
- Difficulty performing routines
- Communication deficits
- Self-injurious behavior
- Eating difficulties
- Academic challenges
Here’s What to do Next
Below there is a form you’ll need to fill out, and on the following page you’ll be asked to pick a time to schedule your session: