ABA for high functioning and high IQ autistic 3 year old?
Hello, I have a 3 year old son who was recently diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum. He is high functioning and high IQ (at 133). He is reading and writing at a 6 or 7 year old level, and seems to display an affinity for languages.
However, he is lacking eye contact, and his social skills are at half of his age, like those of a 1.5 year old. He often replies with scripts from books or YouTube videos. We have noticed improvements already with some of the basic work that we have been doing (like encouraging imaginative play with his stuffed animals, and encouraging him to provide context about the book or video he is scripting from) but we think he will still benefit from some type of intervention.
The Regional Center suggested ABA therapy as one potential option, as well as the local school district in Oakland. I've read a lot of polarizing positions on ABA therapy, and would be interested in hearing about others' experiences with ABA, both positive and negative.
What do you wish you knew before you began working with an ABA therapist?
What questions should someone like me be asking while searching for a therapist?
What questions should I be asking when interviewing a potential therapist?
Any suggestions for this newbie to the ASD world will be greatly appreciated.