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Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment

Among the many methods available for autism spectrum disorder treatment and education of people with autism, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted. Applied behavioral analysis has been shown to reduce inappropriate behavior while increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.
The basic research done by Ivar Lovaas and his colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, calling for an intensive, one-on-one child-teacher interaction for 40 hours a week, laid a foundation for other educators and researchers in the search for further effective early interventions to help those with ASD attain their potential.
The goal of behavioral management is to reinforce desirable behaviors and reduce undesirable ones.

Goals of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment

An effective autism spectrum disorder treatment program will:
  • Build on the child's interests
  • Offer a predictable schedule
  • Teach tasks as a series of simple steps
  • Actively engage the child's attention in highly structured activities
  • Provide regular reinforcement of behavior.
Parental involvement has emerged as a major factor in treatment success. Parents work with teachers and therapists to identify the behaviors to be changed and the skills to be taught. Recognizing that parents are the child's earliest teachers, more programs are beginning to train parents to continue the therapy at home.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment: Instruction Based on Age

As soon as a child's disability has been identified, instruction should begin. Effective programs will teach early communication and social interaction skills.
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