Treatment approaches grounded in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are now considered to be at the forefront of educational interventions for children with autism. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is among the world’s largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with Autism and related disorders since 1990. Following the principles of ABA, and with a comprehensive curriculum of programs to teach communication, social skills, adaptive, motor, play, cognitive and executive functioning skills, CARD develops individualized treatment plans that focus on developing the child’s skills and generalizing these to daily life.
CARD recognizes that Autism is not a purely behavioral disorder and the underlying causes of the symptoms are associated with a number of medical issues which when treated appropriately result in stabilization of the child’s medical condition and subsequent growth and improvement.
While ABA and Biomedical practitioners have individually helped provide successful treatment models for autism, in developing a “Best Practices” Model, these interventions must work together to provide the best possibilities for successful outcome.
Case studies will be presented in support of the behavioral-biomedical treatment model and recent research will be presented to show successful outcomes with these protocols.