L: Harold Doherty R: David Celiberti
I was privileged yesterday to be able to attend a presentation by autism expert David Celiberti Ph.D., BCBA-D, President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. David Celiberti is an advocate for evidence based treatment for autism disorders. He also works directly with autistic children in two states, Maine and New Jersey. Here in New Brunswick, Canada we have been fortunate to have enjoyed his contributions to the development of the UNB-CEL Autism Intervention Training program on several occasions.
Yesterday, a day ahead of a two day workshop he is presenting with the UNB-CEL AIT program, Celiberti took time to speak about evidence based autism treatments to interested parents and professionals at the Autism Connections Center here in Fredericton. It was a beautiful, fall day but it was well worth spending part of the afternoon to learn more about understanding the importance of evidence based treatment of autism disorders, and learning from David Celiberti's academic, professional and clinical experience in the application of evidence based, ABA treatment for children with autism disorders. A very comprehensive list of credible authorities that have reviewed the evidence basis of autism treatments was presented along with some suggestions on how to evaluate specific autism treatment programs and service providers.
Anyone with an interest in understanding the evidence basis of the hundreds of purported autism treatments could begin by visiting the Association for Science in Autism Treatment website and subscribing to the ASAT Newsletter. Another edition of the ASAT newsletter is expected to be issued today.