Our primary mission is to ensure that life-changing treatment is available to the growing number of children whose families are unable to access effective intervention. APF is committed to expanding the field of Applied Behavior Analysis through clinically meaningful research and comprehensive training and treatment.
When coming to terms with a child’s diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, parents often have countless questions about how to provide the best treatment for their child. During this vulnerable and frightening time parents are desperate to find answers that will put their child on the path to a quality life and promising future. As parents explore the multitude of available treatments, many of which are heralded as highly effective, they may become frustrated and overwhelmed. Unfortunately, many of these treatments have little to no empirical evidence to support their effectiveness and offer parents false hope when time is of the essence.
How can parents begin to make sense of the abundant information that is continually generated on ASD treatment? Parents will be served well by becoming critical consumers. Be cautious of approaches that have not been researched, replicated and field-tested.
The following are general guidelines to be considered when evaluating a treatment approach:
• Be wary of promises that sound too good to be true. Consider alternative explanations for the positive results being reported (Leaf, McEachin & Taubman, 2008).
• Are the research findings drawn from an experimental design that controlled for random assignment to treatment groups?
• Was the research published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal?
• Have the findings been replicated by other independent researchers?
A review of the scientific literature on the treatment of ASD consistently reveals that intensive early intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can significantly improve the functioning of children with ASD.
Autism Partnership Foundation supports behavioral treatment provided by interventionists with well demonstrated experience and expertise in the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis – based methodologies