Monday, February 25, 2008

Autism Treatment Quotes 2007-2008

"If we had done what so many people told us to do years ago, we wouldn't have the child we have today. We would have written her off. Then what would she be today?

We never would have seen she could write these things. Can you imagine? We would have never have gotten out of her how articulate she is how intelligent she is. Now, she tells us stories, she teases her brother. She just does it in a different way, she does it with her computer."

Arthur Fleishmann, Carly's Dad, discussing his, and his wife Tammy's, decision to provide Carly with early intensive ABA treatment, CTV, February 17, 2008

The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well documented through 5 decades of research by using single-subject methodology21,25,27,28 and in controlled studies of comprehensive early intensive behavioral intervention programs in university and community settings.29–40 Children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in control groups.31–40

American Academy of Pediatrics, Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, October 29, 2007


Judith U. said...

Excellent post. I am incredibly thankful to have my son in a wonderful 1:1 ABA program. It is making a huge difference for him. Stories like Carly's really give me hope that we will be able to communicate with Jack more effectively someday.

Unknown said...

Thank you judith. ABA has also been of great benefit to my son Conor. I think it is important for parents who have seen the benefits of ABA for their autistic children to tell their stories.

There are too many falsehoods spread about ABA by people with little actual involvement with ABA who are ideologically opposed to ANY treatment for autism.