Down Syndrome Specialist

United Therapy Center

ABA Therapy located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA & Riverside, CA

Individuals with Down syndrome lead rich lives and make significant contributions to their loved ones and communities. However, behavioral difficulties sometimes prevent them from reaching their full potential in life. Lisa Liguori, MA, BCBA, LBA, offers personalized behavioral therapy that helps children manage the mental and emotional challenges associated with Down syndrome. To learn about Down syndrome services in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles and in Riverside, California, call United Therapy Center or schedule a consultation online today.

Downs Syndrome Q&A

Can behavioral therapy help children with Down syndrome?

Humans typically have 23 pairs of chromosomes. All 46 individual chromosomes contain genes that determine how a baby develops physically. Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, occurs in babies who have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. 

The extra genetic material affects the development of the baby’s brain and body. This creates challenges for children with Down syndrome, who must live in a world designed for “typical” people.

From an early age, many children with Down syndrome participate in physical, speech, or occupational therapy to help improve motor control, communicate, and build everyday life skills. 

Behavioral therapy helps children with Down syndrome cope with emotional and mental challenges that affect their behavior. 

At United Therapy Center, Lisa uses evidence-based techniques based on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to reduce damaging behaviors and increase helpful behaviors. ABA offers healthy coping strategies so children with Down syndrome can reach their highest potential. 

How do I know if my child needs behavioral therapy for Down syndrome?

To determine if an applied behavioral therapy program at United Therapy Center could benefit your child, Lisa performs a comprehensive evaluation. She spends time with you and your child to ensure that she understands the unique aspects of your child’s personality and of your family situation, traditions, and cultural values. She also reviews your child’s medical history.

Along with these individual factors, Lisa may recommend therapy if your child’s behavior causes significant distress or interference. 

Therapy can address behaviors that interrupt their development or learning, cause disruption at home or school, or could potentially harm your child or another person. 

Which behavioral concerns can ABA therapy address?

ABA therapy can improve many behavior challenges that frequently occur with Down syndrome. Some of the most common of these challenges include:

  • Elopement (wandering or running off) 
  • Stubborn or oppositional behavior
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Autism spectrum disorder 

These and other behavioral challenges can prevent children and teens with Down syndrome from expressing their full cognitive and functional capabilities. 

Through positive reinforcement and other strategies, Lisa helps remove barriers to social relationships, employment, and independence and enhances self-confidence and positive life experiences for individuals with Down syndrome. 

To learn more about ABA for Down syndrome, call United Therapy Center today or schedule a consultation online.