The Australasian Society for Autism Research has just released “A Review of the Research to Identify the Most Effective Models of Practice in Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” which assesses the research evidence in support of the various early autism interventions and rates the interventions according to the level of evidence base in support of each intervention. As with every other major research review of the effectiveness of early autism interventions only ABA, applied behavior analysis, received the highest rating:
All credible reviews of autism interventions from the US Surgeon General to the American Academy . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: ASfAR Early Autism Intervention Review: ABA Only Autism Intervention to Receive Highest Rating of E: Established Based on Evidence
At one time the argument might have been made that Canada led North America in terms of provision of evidence based treatment for autism. Strong parent advocacy had made gains in encouraging provincial governments in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick to provide Applied Behavior Analysis treatment. Our federal government, however, refused to get involved in any meaningful way and the Harper government played politics with the National Autism Strategy. The pitiful National Autism Symposium was postponed to allow the deck to be stacked with anti-ABA advocates and to weed out ABA advocates including me. Here in New Brunswick our . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: ABA Treatment for Autism: America Leads, Lets Catch Up Canada, Lets Get Moving Again!!
It is hard to believe that in 2012 a government agency with responsibilities for the provision or administration of health care could take the position that ABA is an “unproven” treatment for autism. That was the justification though of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in refusing to provide Medicaid coverage for ABA treatment for three persons with autism. As reported by the Miami Herald US Federal Judge Joan Lenard disagreed and ordered the FAHCA to provide the Medicaid coverage for the applied behavior analysis treatment: “U.S. Judge Joan Lenard ruled Friday that applied behavioral analysis . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: US Federal Judge: ABA Proven and Highly Effective Treatment of Children with Autism