Friday, December 19, 2008
Response to the article on autism insurance laws.
Letter to the Editor
The article, "Parents Press States for Autism Insurance Laws" quotes me as saying that the evidence for applied behavior analysis (ABA) after the age of 6 or 7 years is "sparse." Actually, I said there are many studies showing that ABA is effective for children for autism at all ages. Toddlers and preschoolers benefit the most, and the intensity of ABA intervention should diminish as children progress and enter school. However, studies show that ABA is still valuable for older children and adolescents. For example, it can be used to design specialized classrooms, support inclusion in other educational settings, and address particular areas of need such as social skills. These services are vital to children with autism and their families, and they deserve our support.
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
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