We use a combination of ABA and others, but mostly ABA. My daughter's now speak, can be compliant, can be taught and understand what we are telling them for the most part. Its such an amazing change and so wonderful. If I didn't have ABA, I wouldn't be able to communicate with my children and I thank the Powers that Be every day for that.
We have been with a private company since August 2010. I cannot tell you how lucky i am that we found them for my child. The DOE felt my child was just MR since she wasn't making any meaningful progress in over two years. Now my child is in a typical preschool setting for a half day and at home for half day with a skills trainer in both settings. My child is learning and engaging in her learning everyday. All of our friends are so impressed with how much different my child is now. It is really important to teach children with developmental delays across the vebal operants so they can learn about language and how to use it. Once they can communicate they can learn. Also having therapists that are trained in contriving motivation in a child is extremely important.....my advice is to get the VB-MAPP done so you can see developmentally where your child is and you can target goals that way.
My 5 yo ASD son has been doing ABA therapy for 9 mos and has made so much progress in sitting,attending,following directions,language.I highly recommend it!
We have been using ABA for the last year and results can be amazing. My son will be 6 this summer and was considered non-verbal and with the help of ABA his expressive and receptive language are around a 4 year old neurotypical child. He has gain so many skills in past year dressing, eating, his fine motor and gross motor skill have improved, the many tantrums we had before are mostly gone partly because he has gained speech and his frustration levels are much lower. Each day we celebrate the small accomplishments that to others seem so irrelevant like being to go to the store without a tantrum, making a line on paper, sitting trough supper and using a fork and there are so many of them each day.
From a mom with a child on the spectrum from the bottom of my heart if you can please try ABA you will be amazed with the results.
We used ABA for a couple of months. No insurance after that. They kept saying my son was smart... after he stopped going the psychologist told me that she thought it wasn't his autism. I've been told that a few times. Which isn't ok because autism is a hole slew of things. They just didn't want to tell me that he probably has some mental health issues. Make sure you tell them to be totally honest with you and no sugar coating. Other then that it was a great place to be. We would have stayed longer to see if it really helped. The workers were great with them and I know some people that it really did help. Good luck!