Research

Autism Partnership Foundation is dedicated to conducting and supporting research to advance our knowledge and understanding of the most effective and efficient treatment methods for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our Research Team continues to make innovative contributions to the scientific literature in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and ASD.

Navigating the world of autism treatment can be perplexing and overwhelming. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting evidence-based procedures through research that focus on developing quality treatment for individuals with ASD. Currently, the Research Team is conducting a range of studies to evaluate and develop effective means of teaching social skills to children of all ages, evaluate the use of group teaching, gain a better understanding of treatments that lead to greater skill acquisition, evaluate ways to better support parents and train staff, and a wide range of strategies related to applied behavior analysis and ASD treatment.

APF’s Research Team continues to develop and evaluate cutting edge behavioral approaches that make fundamental differences in the lives of children diagnosed with autism. The team’s productivity is difficult to match, averaging 10 peer-reviewed articles a year, totaling 90 publications in 10 years – in 24 journals and with the collaboration of over 40 different researchers. In addition to research, team members speak at conferences and provide training both in the US and abroad.

Current areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • development and evaluation of interventions that promote the development of social skills across the life span;
  • development and evaluation of methods to enhance learning through Progressive ABA;
  • development and evaluation of methods for training autism interventionists and supervisors to implement Progressive ABA approaches;
  • evaluation of assumptions in ASD interventions; and
  • evaluation of short and long term outcomes as they relate to different approaches to ABA.

Research projects can last from one month to five years, depending on the purpose of the study. For instance, long term outcome studies can require several years to complete, while social skills intervention studies can be completed within six months.

To learn more about how to support or participate in research studies, please contact the Co-Directors of Research, Justin Leaf and Joe Cihon.

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