ABA therapy and autism: What is it, and does it work?

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  1. Janis Bisback

    The amount of funding offered by the current government is not sufficiently going to make any incremental difference in a young child’s behaviours. I worked for decades in the group home setting a witnessed the lives of individuals who were never diagnosed or treated. They had not way of integrating with their communities and never held any form of employment. If this system plays out for too long, we will need far more group homes for adults and that will be far more costly than early childhood intervention.

  2. Beatrice A Stacey

    This form of teaching has been used as a way of teaching self care skills to people with developmental handicaps not just autism. I worked in a government run institution and learned this method from a psychologist who developed it. It worked well and didn’t require one on one constantly just daily teaching sessions which were positive and reinforcing. We were criticized by many community groups for using this teaching method. While I agree there is a benefit to intensive teaching and behaviour intervention for people with autism, it also works for other developmental disabilities so why should the extra funding only go to those children??Remember that all those funds are from the tax payers. The government needs to review some of their policies for all people with developmental disabilities as those who are living in group homes and receiving support are also getting these funds when they have 4 to 2 staffing 24/7. We have agencies funded by the government that could be amalgamated to free up funds for families in need.

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