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Welcome to the Autism Section



The Autism Section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies web site presents a scientific view of the causes of Autism and the Applied Behavior Analysis approach to its treatment.

The Aims of This Section

  • To bring together knowledge and resources that have been accumulated:

    • about causes and etiology of autism and related pervasive developmental disaShow More

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Is ABA Evidence-Based?
FAQs include: Is there scientific evidence that ABA works?; Haven't some reviews concluded that ABA doesn't work? What factors are important to consider in evaluating complex ABA interventions?; Are there studies on PECS?; Are randomized clinical trials the "gold standard" for testing whether an intervention works?
Tags: Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA, Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, EIBI, evidence-based approaches, PECS, ABA evaluation
Frequently Asked Questions about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism
This resource contains Frequently Asked Questions about ABA, Guidelines for Selecting Behavior Analysts, Consumer Guidelines, Evaluating Intervention Programs, Rights of Clients and and ABA for Autism, an article by Gina Green.
Tags: Autism, Autism and ABA, ABA
About Autism
About Autism provides background information about Autism, including a brief discussion of its causes and etiology, effective treatments, and definition of the pervasive developmental disorders that make up the Autism Spectrum.
Tags: autism, ABA, applied behavior analysis, behavior analysis, behavioral science
Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism
An article by Gina Green. Excerpt: Recent years have seen a surge of interest in applied behavior analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism. Scores of programs and practitioners claiming to "do ABA" have popped up, some seemingly overnight. Many stories about ABA for autism have appeared in the electronic and print media, and various task forces and committees have undertaken to evaluate published research on ABA and other approaches to autism treatment. Yet misconceptions about ABA – including some that have been around for years – persist, and many treatment programs that claim to be "doing ABA" really are not. How can families, professionals, and funding agencies differentiate genuine ABA programs and practitioners from posers? It is difficult to paint a picture of genuine ABA treatment for autism in words, especially in a limited space, but this article attempts to describe some of its key features.
Tags: Autism, ABA, Autism Treatment, Gina Green
Consumer Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International asserts that all children and adults with autism spectrum disorders have the right to effective education and treatment based on the best available scientific evidence. Unfortunately, many interventions for autism have not been shown to be effective in sound research; others have been shown to be ineffective or harmful. 1 Research has long documented the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis (ABA) methods in the education and treatment of people with autism. 2 Although it is beyond the scope of these guidelines, the autism SIG urges consumers to inquire about scientific support for all autism treatments.
Tags: behavior analysis, ABAI, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, applied behavior analysis, consumer guidelines
How To Evaluate Intervention Programs
An article written by Jay S. Birnbrauer.
Tags: Evaluating Autism Programs, Autism
Six Principles of Effective Early Intervention
Jay Birnbrauer writes about Excellent found in an article by Craig Ramey and Sharon Landesman Ramey. (Reference: Ramey, C. T. and Landesman Ramey, S. (1998). Early intervention and early experience. American Psychologist, 53, 109-120.) These authors were not writing in support of applied behavior analysis or any other approach. They are highly respected investigators of early intervention. These are the results of their extensive research and literature review.
Tags: Early Intervention, Autism, EI
A Review of Craniosacral Therapy by Thomas Zane, Ph.D.
Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D, shares his column, "Science, Fads, and Applied Behavior Analysis" with the Cambridge Center.
Tags: Science Fads and ABA, Thomas Zane, Craniosacral Therapy, CST
Applied Behavior Analysis and us: One parent's reflections on partnership and persuasion
Transcription of an address delivered at the 1999 Annual Board Meeting of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. The address was delivered by a parent of two children diagnosed with autism. Her address was intended to reinforce the valuable work performed by behavior analysts and to suggest improvements in transmission of behavior analytic work to the general public.
Tags: autism, aba, autism treatment, verbal behavior
Autism at school: seven questions for parents by Richard Hastings, PhD
Many children with autism find aspects of everyday life difficult, and school is no exception. School is a complex environment at the best of times, but even more so if you struggle with social situations, understanding other people, demands to perform academic tasks, constant changes to routines, and noise, crowding, and other sensory issues. At school children with autism can develop academic and social skills, if they get the right support.
Tags: Autism at school, Intervention, schooling for autism

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