Social deficits and impairments are a common feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (Dogan, King, Fischetti, Lake, Mathews, and Warzak, 2017; and Thompson, 2015). With these deficits acquisition of social skills can be a prolonged process. It can also cause worry for families and caretakers that their loved one may not be able to develop personal relationships in the future. Some examples of social difficulty are initiating interactions, responding to initiation, maintaining eye contact, sharing common hobbies and enjoyment, reading nonverbal cues, taking perspective, understanding and using speech prosody and non-literal language (White, Keonig, and Scahill, 2006). This can seem like a daunting list, but there are empirically validated interventions that have yielded positive results in increasing social skills (Peters and Thompson, 2015; Dogan et. al, 2017).
Autism Services and Behavior Therapy
At The Shape of Behavior, we understand how much the little things matter. It is our mission to provide treatment based on empirically validated ABA principles and shape behavior by celebrating small, everyday successes. The Shape provides applied behavior analysis (ABA), health and behavior intervention (HBI), behavior medicine, behavioral services and autism therapy. Not only do we work to help improve the quality of life for the children and families we serve, but we also conduct research in order to support and advance the field of behavior analysis.
Established and Unique
Since we opened our doors, our approach has always been unique, emphasizing both structured and naturalistic teaching strategies, inclusion and shaping. Our founding professionals have degrees in behavior analysis (ABA) and have been leading the way for full-time ABA clinics for over 15 years in Texas and other states. Because we evolve with our science, The Shape is committed to using the continual monitoring and shaping of our behavior analytic strategies and methods for success. We work hard to make sure our clients have the best behavioral services and autism therapy on the market today.
Shaping Possibilities through ABA and HBI
The Shape does everything through shaping including improving its business model, training, supervision and service delivery through the principles of behavior analysis. Over the past decade, we have successfully replicated our systematic approach many times. When you are part of The Shape family, you can be confident that we will continue to shape possibilities for your family and loved ones.