When to make a referral:
Life Strategies would like to assist families and pediatricians in attaining prompt autism screenings. Even though routine developmental surveillance occurs, still, most children with autism are not
diagnosed until after they reach age 4, while only 18% are diagnosed prior to age 3 (Centers for Disease Control: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Data & Statistics
Unfortunately, research indicates a reliable, valid, and stable diagnosis can be made at age 2. Life Strategies can provide quick and accurate autism screenings. If you have questions or would like to make
a referral for an autism screening, please Contact Us
A helpful toolkit written for Indiana Medical Professionals:
HANDS in Autism. Toolkit for Medical Professionals:
Tips and Supports for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Indianapolis, IN:
Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, Riley Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Indiana University School of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry; 2008
Why Behavior Analysis?
ABA's effectiveness has been widely studied, here are a few excerpts from some
key health organizations:
From National Institute of Mental Health, a section of the National Institute of Health:
"Among the many methods available for treatment and education of people with
autism, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted as an
From the U.S. Surgeon General:
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General states,“Thirty years
of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing
inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and
appropriate social behavior"
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
"The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well
documented through 5 decades of research by using single-subject
methodology"... "Children who receive early intensive behavioral
treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ,
language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some
measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been
significantly better than those of children in control groups."
In addition to using sound principles, the National Research Council, Division
of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education says in their report "Educating
Children with Autism" that "entry into intervention programs as soon as an
autism spectrum diagnosis is seriously considered" is important.
There is substantial amount of research validating the effectiveness of Applied
Behavior Analysis. We posted many of the questions we get asked. Our Frequently Asked Questions page has more information.
What is Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior
and how behavior is affected by the environment. "Behavior" refers
to all kinds of actions and skills (not just problematic behavior),
and "environment" includes all physical and social events that might
change or be changed by one's behavior.
The science of behavior analysis focuses on principles about how
behavior works or how learning takes place. Through decades of
research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many
techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing behaviors
that may be harmful or that interfere with learning. Applied
behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of those techniques and
principles to address socially important problems and to bring
about meaningful behavioral change.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are trained in the science
and application of Behavior Analysis. The BCBA is credentialed by
the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.