“Although Lovaas’s critics often accused him of wanting to turn children with autism into drones who automatically obeyed orders, the opposite was really true. He was especially proud of the unique and unexpected achievements that his graduates went on to make–one boy who made the high school wrestling team, …another who started a rock band,…”
Conducted by Josh Pritchard, MS, BCBA (Co-editor, Science in Autism Treatment) and Allyson Ross, BS We chose, in this issue, to interview board member Tristram Smith, as he worked closely with, and knew well, the late Dr. Ivar Lovaas. We have the great fortune to have Tris’s contributions to ASAT th...
Penny LathumI met Dr. Lovaas several times and I could not wipe the smile off my face. He was so genuine and sweet. His research inspired me and I would never be where I am today without him. He agreed to send his staff to Sacramento for a replication study in 1993-1997. My son was in the control group. FEAT was formed in 1993 to receive grant money for the study. If Dr. Lovaas had not been so generous and willing to try new ideas we wouldn't have home programs doing ABA and billing insurance companies today. We owe a lot to him, because it all started from his 1987 study. I was so inspired that I became a BCBA and started a business providing ABA services to children with autism. I love my job and it feels so good to see my clients progress and my staff learning from me. ABA and Dr. Lovaas took a lot of heat over the years and all I've ever seen is positive results. I can't imagine not doing ABA. I wish I had more access to Dr. Lovaas because he was a wealth of knowledge.22 hours ago
Dear Ms. Griswold, You recently published an article titled “Exercise gives children with autism jump on social skills.” We want to thank you for highlighting the importance of exercise for all children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this article, there is a clear distin...
Nea HanscombExercise is a critical part of a therapy program. My son is sleeping through the night and is much calmer because of his after school activities. ABA helped him be able to access that. So when school programs want to do too much sports/community for my son and put less time on academics I feel my son is not getting what he needs. The schools that want to do this are leaving it up to me to do the academics and therapy after school.1 day ago · 2
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