What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms used to describe a group of complexed disorders that affect early brain development. It can be a lifelong debilitating disease if left untreated. Key features: deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behaviors, difficulty developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, as well as displaying restricted, repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities (DSM-V).
Autism in Guam
Over 240 kids have been identified in the Guam Public School System alone, ages 3-21. This does not include those younger or older, nor does it take into account children in private schools, home school, or the countless others waiting to be evaluated.
What is ABA?
ABA is short for applied behavior analysis and is often described as the "gold standard" for autism treatment. ABA is a science that uses research based interventions to look at how behavior is affected by the environment and how it impacts learning. ABA therapy focuses on improving functional skills for real world application such as communication, social skills, self-care, and play while also reducing behaviors that can interfere with learning.