Currently, there is no known cause and no cure for autism, but research shows early intervention makes a big difference to a child’s development leading to improved outcomes for children with autism. These interventions may reduce symptoms, improve cognitive ability and daily living skills.
The most effective therapies and interventions are often different for each child as children with autism may possess different sets of strength and may face different kinds of challenges. Treatment plans will target each child’s individual needs in order to maximise their full ability.
There are many types of treatments available. These include Applied Behaviour Analysis, Social Skills Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, and the use of Assistive Technology.
In Malaysia, the most commonly used therapy is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
ABA is a type of therapy that can improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement. This is a method of treatment for children with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). It is based on the principles of appropriate behaviour including speech, academics and life skills that can be taught.
At IAC, we believe in individualised approach and we use different treatments and therapies to suit every child’s needs. We have developed our own curriculum that is based on the national curriculum, combined with ABA, TEACCH, Son-Rise, and the STAR Programme. Our curriculum is focused on the development of the child and teaches attending, listening, language, communication, pre-academic, academic, self-help, social, and play skills.
IAC provides one session as part of the planning process to determine a befitting Behaviour Intervention Plan for each student. This process includes conducting a functional behaviour assessment and developing behaviour interventions based upon that assessment. The result is a framework for teaching that will support a child’s development of new skills.