Autism Spectrum Disorder and

Applied Behavior Analysis

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects the normal functioning of the brain. The primary characteristics include challenges with communication skills, social interactions, and restricted or repetitive interests. With the disorder affecting skill acquisition in such critical areas of functioning, it is important that an intervention for ASD entails comprehensive teaching and thorough analysis from a high-quality provider to allow for maximum progress.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most well-documented, evidence-based intervention for the treatment of ASD. This treatment approach incorporates careful assessment and analysis of skill deficits and behavioral excesses to develop an individualized treatment plan for each client. Additionally, through direct observation and data collection, client progress is closely monitored to ensure that the greatest skill development can occur as quickly as possible. Over 50 years of research, published in a multitude of peer-reviewed journals, has repeatedly shown the effectiveness of this treatment approach.

ASD is reported in about 1 in 189 girls. (
ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). (