Autism Doesn’t Take a Summer Break: ABA Summer Programs Keep Kids Moving Forward.
For children with autism who thrive on daily routines, predictability, and structure, the arrival of summer break could be a major disruption.
Parents often wonder how to keep their children engaged and learning. The thought of spending the summer months at home alone may be daunting. But most importantly, parents don’t want their children to lose the skills they’ve worked so hard to master.
To avoid regressive autism and keep your patients on the right track, Butterfly Effects offers both in-home and center-based ABA summer programs. With ABA therapy, your patients with autism can continue making progress this summer – and perhaps reach greater heights than ever before.
What is regressive autism?
Regressive autism is when a child appears to be on a typical development path, then suddenly begins to lose their communication and/or socialization skills. Think of it like a snowball rolling down a mountain – it keeps going faster and growing bigger until it seems impossible to reverse its course.
For children with autism, the impact of regression can be far-reaching. For instance, Autism Parenting reports that 77% of children who suffer language loss also experience loss in non-verbal communication skills.
What causes this to happen? A study published in the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders found that children with developmental delays are more likely to regress after a change in their environment – such as the school year ending, moving to a new home, divorce, or the death of a loved one.
Additional research confirms that autism is the most frequent condition in which regression occurs, and that it’s also one of the most challenging aspects of the disorder. Thankfully, your patients with autism don’t have to risk regressing this summer. Butterfly Effects is here to help.
In-home ABA summer programs
Our in-home ABA summer programs are designed to bring therapy into the place where your patient and their family feel most comfortable. And that’s because family is such a huge part of our approach.
At Butterfly Effects, we believe that a child’s family members are their most constant and important teachers. Our staff is trained to provide ABA therapy within the home and create an atmosphere that fosters learning and success for everyone – all with flexible hours that consider the family’s schedules and caregiver routines.
Butterfly Effects currently offers in-home ABA summer programs for two age groups:
Caterpillars (Kindergarten to 6th grade)
- Socialization skills (such as taking turns and playing with others)
- Improving communication and initiating conversation
- Building independence
- Developing friendships
Butterflies (Ages 13-17)
- Building social skills and engaging with others
- Flexibility and compromise
- Good sportsmanship
- Identifying emotions
- Self-care and personal hygiene
- Job readiness
- Dating and personal relationships
- Transition planning for adulthood
With an established presence in 12 states and counting, Butterfly Effects provides in-home ABA summer programs in several major markets, including Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, South Florida, and more.
Center-based ABA summer programs
Butterfly Effects also offers ABA summer programs at our new, state-of-the-art therapy center in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Designed by experts to help children with autism learn real-life skills in a variety of settings, the center features:
- 1:1 learning pods where the child and therapist engage in learning activities
- Social groups where children are encouraged to have fun and interact with their peers
- Imaginative play allows children to explore different roles and situations
- Leisure and sensory area that promotes gross motor skill development
- Language enrichment area where children interact with age-appropriate books and each other
- Interactive technology area with advanced touchscreens and group instruction
Visit Butterfly Effects online to learn more
When it comes to autism, we’re all in this together. By spreading the word about Butterfly Effects and our ABA summer programs, you can help ensure that your patients won’t go backward – only forward.
To learn more about one of the nation’s leading ABA therapy providers and how ABA summer programs make a difference, visit Butterfly Effects now.