Monday, October 27, 2008

Dr. Eric Larsson Reviews, Recommends UNB Autism Intervention Training Program

"The current AITP is a remarkable and thorough program that has been developed to an exceptional level of quality in the context of limited resources. The province-wide model is one that many other provinces should adopt, as it carries with it many cost-effective features. The curriculum content requires little modification".

- Dr. Eric Larsson, of the Lovaas Institute, External Review of the University of New Brunswick Autism Intervention Training Program

Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas is a world-renowned autism expert who has devoted his career to improving the lives of children with autism and their families. His Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis is based on 40 years of research and is backed by published studies showing half of children with autism who receive this intensive treatment become indistinguishable from other children on tests of cognitive and social skills by the time they completed first grade.

The one-on-one intensive behavioral treatment program is customized to meet the needs of each child and family served. The program is available nationwide at 12 Lovaas centers as well as through certified consultants across the country who are employed by the Lovaas Institute.

The Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis has undergone rigorous research at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Lovaas, proving its effectiveness in treating children with autism.

Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D., L.P., BCBA, Executive Director, Clinical Services, The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention <> , Midwest Headquarters where he implements a program of intensive early intervention services for families of children who suffer from severe behavior disorders. This intensive early intervention program is one of the most thorough and highly supervised behavior therapy programs in the field. Dr. Larsson is recognized as an expert in early intervention, inclusive communities, severe behavior disorders, multiple handicaps, autism, the rights of individuals with disabilities, nonaversive treatment, Applied Behavior Analysis, and self-injurious behavior. He has published papers on such topics as early intervention, functional communication, autism, social skills, parenting, and human rights. He has given over 70 presentations and 60 workshops on such topics as intensive early intervention, parenting, curriculum management, community leadership, behavior management, staff training, quality assurance, family violence, social skills, inclusive communities, autism, and consultation. He holds adjunct appointments at several major universities. H e is currently on the Autism Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Anne Higgins
Director Professional Development Division
College of Extended Learning
University of New Brunswick

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