Behavioral Treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Do We Know?

MIND Institute, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California 95817, USA.
Annual Review of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 12.67). 03/2010; 6(1):447-68. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.clinpsy.121208.131151
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Although there are a large and growing number of scientifically questionable treatments available for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intervention programs applying the scientific teaching principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have been identified as the treatment of choice. The following article provides a selective review of ABA intervention approaches, some of which are designed as comprehensive programs that aim to address all developmental areas of need, whereas others are skills based or directed toward a more circumscribed, specific set of goals. However, both types of approaches have been shown to be effective in improving communication, social skills, and management of problem behavior for children with ASD. Implications of these findings are discussed in relation to critical areas of research that have yet to be fully explored.

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    • "Effective interventions for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often rely on carefully selected reinforcers (e.g., Peters-Scheffer, Didden, Korzilius, & Sturmey, 2011; Vismara & Rogers, 2010). A variety of systematic preference assessments have been developed to identify potentially reinforcing tangibles for use within educational programs for children with ASD (Lohrmann-O'Rourke & Browder, 1998). "

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    • "These behaviors can impede social development and early academic success, which can compound over time and result in falling behind their typically-developing peers. A way to improve the trajectory is through early intervention services [Eldevik, et al., 2009; Landa & Kalb, 2012, Vismara & Rogers, 2010]. To receive these services, an individual must typically receive an ASD diagnosis. "
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    • "It is a pervasive developmental disorder, characterized by a triad of impairments: social communication problems, difficulties with reciprocal social interactions, and unusual patterns of repetitive behavior [5]. Leo Kanner, a child psychiatrist [6], described it for the first time in 1943. An exhaustive description of this disorder in medical terms is beyond the scope of this paper. "
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