ABA: Behavioral Treatment
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Video: What Does a Quality ABA Program Look Like? Is It What My Child Needs? Presented by Presented by Regan Roth Fitzgerald, M.Ed., BCBA of The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development


For decades, behavioral therapies have been used to treat individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While some individuals benefit significantly from structured behavioral plans, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) based on the work of Ivar Lovaas at UCLA, others may do well using relationship-based therapies like Stanley Greenspan's Floortime model or Pivotal Response therapy. Regardless of the approach, the plan needs to be developed using appropriate assessments, highly individualized and implemented in partnership with qualified professionals and caregivers.

Many individuals on the autism spectrum will benefit from a combination of therapies including behavioral treatment as well as speech, occupational, physical and sensory-integration support. Assessing for comorbid medical problems -- including sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal problems, seizures and other neurological disorder,  and sensory sensitivities -- is a crucial step in developing an appropriate treatment plan.


We are grateful to our friends at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development for this video presentation.