Scientific Studies

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 68 children. It does not discriminate based on ethnic group or socioeconomic status. So, if someone in your life has autism, it is essential you care about science so you can make good autism treatment choices to achieve the best outcome possible.

To do that, you need to “question everything.” Due diligence (doing your homework) is essential to protect the ASD individual from treatments that do not work, or are harmful, and will also give you the knowledge to find the autism treatments that really work.

Where do you look? Seek out evidence published in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. At present, there are over 400 so-called treatments for autism. The vast majority of which have insufficient -or no- data indicating that they are effective. Wasting money is one thing, wasting your precious time when you are in a race against the clock, is something else altogether.

Intensive Behavioural Treatment, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, is considered best practices in autism treatment.

Below, is a valuable resource for those interested in the source documents that comprise the current state of the science in autism treatment:

The Science of Lovaas-ABA:

A Systematic Review of Early Intensive Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders – Zachary Warren et al. (2015)

A Systematic Review of Early Intensive Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders – Zachary Warren et al. (2015)

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Determining Treatment Outcomes in Early Intervention Programs – Johnny L. Matson (2015)

Determining Treatment Outcomes in Early Intervention Programs – Johnny L. Matson (2015)

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The Increasing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson et al. (2011)

The Increasing Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson et al. (2011)

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A Programs Description of a Community-Based Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program – Ronald B. Leaf et al. (2011)

A Programs Description of a Community-Based Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program – Ronald B. Leaf et al. (2011)

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Using Participant Data to Extend the Evidence Base for Intensive Behavioral Intervention – Sigmund Eldevik (2010)

Using Participant Data to Extend the Evidence Base for Intensive Behavioral Intervention – Sigmund Eldevik (2010)

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Aggression and Tantrums in Children with Autism – Johnny Matson (2009)

Aggression and Tantrums in Children with Autism – Johnny Matson (2009)

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Meta-Analysis of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children With Autism – Sigmund Eldevik (2009)

Meta-Analysis of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children With Autism – Sigmund Eldevik (2009)

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Systematic Review of Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism – Patricia Howlin et al. (2009)

Systematic Review of Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism – Patricia Howlin et al. (2009)

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Outcome for Children with Autism who Began Intensive Behavioural Treatment Between Ages 4 and 7 – Svein Eikeseth et al. (2007)

Outcome for Children with Autism who Began Intensive Behavioural Treatment Between Ages 4 and 7 – Svein Eikeseth et al. (2007)

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Current Status of Differential Diagnosis for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson (2007)

Current Status of Differential Diagnosis for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson (2007)

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Early Intensive Behavioural Treatment: Replication of the UCLA Model in a Community Setting – Cohen et al. (2006)

Early Intensive Behavioural Treatment: Replication of the UCLA Model in a Community Setting – Cohen et al. (2006)

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Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism: Four-Year Outcome and Predictors – Glen O. Sallows et al. (2005)

Intensive Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism: Four-Year Outcome and Predictors – Glen O. Sallows et al. (2005)

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A Comparison of Intensive Behavior Analytic and Eclectic Treatments for Young Children with Autism – Jane S. Howard et al. (2005)

A Comparison of Intensive Behavior Analytic and Eclectic Treatments for Young Children with Autism – Jane S. Howard et al. (2005)

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Long-Term Outcome for Children with Autism who Received Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment – John J. McEachin et al. (1993)

Long-Term Outcome for Children with Autism who Received Early Intensive Behavioral Treatment – John J. McEachin et al. (1993)

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Behavioural Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children – Ivar Lovaas (1987)

Behavioural Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children – Ivar Lovaas (1987)

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Some Generalization and Follow-Up Measures on Autistic Children in Behavior Therapy – Ivar Lovaas (1973)

Some Generalization and Follow-Up Measures on Autistic Children in Behavior Therapy – Ivar Lovaas (1973)

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Use of Technology to Improve Learning Outcomes:

The Effect of Instructional Use of an iPad® on Challenging Behavior and Academic Engagement – Leslie Neeley et al. (2013)

The Effect of Instructional Use of an iPad® on Challenging Behavior and Academic Engagement – Leslie Neeley et al. (2013)

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Using iPods® and iPads® in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – Debora Kagohara et al. (2013)

Using iPods® and iPads® in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – Debora Kagohara et al. (2013)

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Using an iPad®-Based Video Modelling Package to Teach Numeracy Skills – E. L. Jowett et al. (2012)

Using an iPad®-Based Video Modelling Package to Teach Numeracy Skills – E. L. Jowett et al. (2012)

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Effective Classroom Strategies:

Effective Strategies for the Inclusion of Children With Autism in General Education Classrooms – Kimberly Crosland et al. (2012)

Effective Strategies for the Inclusion of Children With Autism in General Education Classrooms – Kimberly Crosland et al. (2012)

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Matching Children on the Autism Spectrum to Classrooms – Lara Delmolino & Sandra L. Harris (2011)

Matching Children on the Autism Spectrum to Classrooms – Lara Delmolino & Sandra L. Harris (2011)

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Bringing ABA into the Inclusive Classroom (review): – Sarah Ferry (2011)

Bringing ABA into the Inclusive Classroom (review): – Sarah Ferry (2011)

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Leisure Skills and the ASD Individual:

Teaching Advance Movement Exploration Skills in Water – Mehmet Yanardag et al. (2015)

Teaching Advance Movement Exploration Skills in Water – Mehmet Yanardag et al. (2015)

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Using Activity Schedules on the iPod touch to Teach Leisure Skills  – Kelly A. Carlile et al. (2013)

Using Activity Schedules on the iPod touch to Teach Leisure Skills – Kelly A. Carlile et al. (2013)

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How Can Contexts Benefit Children with ASD in Leisure Activities – Meghann Faulkner & Cassie Bramhall (2011)

How Can Contexts Benefit Children with ASD in Leisure Activities – Meghann Faulkner & Cassie Bramhall (2011)

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Social-Skills Treatments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson (2007)

Social-Skills Treatments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders – Johnny L. Matson (2007)

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