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More information about behavioral intervention:
What is ABA? with links to similar pages
Frequently asked questions about ABA and autism
How can I get help for my child? is a "form letter" about accessing special education services
Educational program resources - books, videos, teaching materials, software, Web sites
Autism "one Dad's view"
A failure of special education is a story that will be familiar to some, cautionary to others
Parents' and professionals' experiences stories and letters
Giving - support autism and special education organizations
Autism and ABA surveys and research - contribute your experiences
Teaching and Learning - brief notes on factors that affect how quickly our kids learn
Editorials - published letters, broadcast editorial replies, and public testimony
Training, Education, and Employment - schools, on-line courses, professional employment
Why use ABA - scientific research and personal experiences
Principles of ABA - learn how it works
Special education - know the law and make it stick
Start by understanding what works for others and what might work for your child. When I started this site in 1997 there were perhaps a dozen schools in the world using behavioral intervention for autism. Now there are well over ten times that number, including several started by parents.
When choosing a program for your child, remember to look from results backward, not theory forward. See also my compilation of parents' experiences:
"I wanted to share our family's experience to help any parent who is struggling to decide what therapy is best for their child, or whether the cost is worth it...''
The following books are available from Different Roads to Learning, (800)853-1057, and Pro-Ed, (800)897-3202. If you purchase from Amazon.com by "clicking" from this page, a commission (about 6%) is donated to the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
While you're waiting for your books to arrive, read these accounts of progress (both large and small): Louise ° Tommy Anchorage AK ° The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star Norfolk VA ° Recovered kids (a mail group) ° Jessica Minnesota ° Parents' delight UK ° Sam ° Daniel's Story Alberta ° Reagan ° Jake ° Lovaas Therapy ° L's Story Lombardy, Italy ° Leo New York City ° Intensive behavioral treatment for a toddler at high risk for autism ° Patient ratings of Lovaas therapy ° Teddy ° Making the Grade Pennsylvania ° Jonah ° Ethan ° Catherine °
Many Moms and Dads have published Web sites from their own experiences: Cyndi in Massachusetts ° Theresa in Texas ° Kathy and Calvin in Oregon ° Kim in Michigan ° Inside the Bubble in the UK ° Liz in Ontario ° Our Experience in the UK ° A Lucky Boy ° Blue Elephant in North Carolina ° Ashley in Connecticut ° Carol °
The New York State Department of Health Clinical Practice Guideline states, "It is recommended that principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and behavior intervention strategies be included as an important element of any intervention program for young children with autism." The Surgeon General of the USA reached a similar conclusion.
The courts frequently agree that ABA is the most appropriate intervention: Autism, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome ° Mr. X v. New York ° $133,000 settlement ° Digest of ABA-related appeals (long) ° British Columbia Supreme Court ° Amber Hawaii ° Analysis of Henrico County School Board v. R.T. ° Schools failing children with disabilities °
There is nothing that can compare to seeing for yourself the remarkable progress a child can make:
Intensive Early Intervention using Behavior Therapy is No Longer Experimental, Eric Larsson, PhD (Microsoft Word)
News stories about ABA and autism
IDEA 2004 (the USA law governing special education) states "The term 'individualized education program' or 'IEP' ... includes ... a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, to be provided to the child ...."
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