Friday, December 03, 2010

An Effective Model for Combining Education and ABA for Children with Autism

Autism practitioners are frequently occupied by several questions to which there are few answers: what types of programs or curricula can support learners with autism, what settings support these models, and how can mandated education services be effectively coordinated with evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA). For any program to be effective, it must meet the educational and behavioral needs of its learners. The effects of an ABA treatment over time on several variables, including adaptive behavior, symptoms of autism, and communication competencies are presented. Overall, results suggest that while the targeted skills are mostly changing in the expected direction as reported by school personnel, these changes may not be generalizing to the home environment.

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