The Rewards Based Program for Autism at Springbrook
Evidence-Based Principles of our Rewards Program
While there are many intervention methods in place for children with autism, few have research to back up their effectiveness. At Springbrook, we use evidence-based methods, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), positive behavior support and intense behavioral therapy to create lasting change. Studies from the last three decades demonstrate that intensive behavioral therapy can not only result in short-term improvement in the maladaptive behavior but also in long-term improvements in social interactions, daily functioning, educational achievement, and self-regulation. One of the most important findings of ABA is that rewards, or immediate, tangible, positive consequences, will lead to positive behavior.
Key Principles of Our Rewards Based Program
Combine Tangible Rewards with Intangible Rewards
Since children with autism are less likely to find naturally occurring rewards like praise or touch to be motivating, it makes sense to begin with tangible rewards paired with, or reinforced by, intangible rewards. Over time, the naturally occurring rewards become motivating in and of themselves. We love seeing actions that used to be a trigger for our a student, such as a hug or other kind of physical closeness, turn into a reward.
Make it Fun—And Make Success Easy at First
Unfortunately, by the time our students come to us, they usually have a history of failure, especially when it comes to learning new skills. Because of this, we work hard to help the students learn and improve in a low-risk, fun environment. By starting with small, simple, measurable steps, students can see success quickly, leading to greater success with more complicated tasks.
Make it Personal
Even within the autism spectrum, every student is different. As a parent, you know that your child is unique—but too often autism programs forget this fact and treat all children with autism as if they were the same person. Any approach that is not highly individualized will be ineffective, because what motivates one child will completely fail to motivate another. Our dedicated staff spends time figuring out who your child is, and what your child likes, so that our rewards based program will be more successful.
Learn More About Our Reward Based Program for Autism
Contact us at (864) 834-8013 to learn about our rewards based program and our other therapy programs for children with autism—we would love to help your child overcome a destructive behavior while also paving the way for future academic and social success.
Need to make a referral?
Contact us at (864) 834-8013 to make a referral to our child and adolescent behavioral health program or our inpatient autism programs for children and adolescents.