This new study finds that the brain develops more slowly in boys with autism.
If we extrapolate, this may explain why Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is so effective in helping children overcome the challenges of autism. By providing early, intensive interventions, ABA provides incredible brain stimulation, which pushes growth…think about how intensive exercise will build muscle….makes sense to me!
In our work with children and teens on the autism spectrum we expose them to many new and interesting experiences. The ranch looks, smells and feels different than the world they usually operate in. These new experiences are reinforced by repetition over the course of many session – you always wear your helmet, you always groom your horse, you always lead your horse – this repetition builds connections within the brain, connections that help in many areas of life, from communication to social skills.