Use of Behavioral Therapy for Children with Autism and the Effects on the Attachment to Primary Caregivers

Classified within the group of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) autism is characterized by impaired development in social interaction, communication and behavior. Autism is now considered to be one of three disorders classified together as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affecting 1 in 110 children in the US. Many studies describe the effectiveness of various interventions, although most studies have concentrated on behavioral approaches such as ABA therapy. It is widely acknowledged that the treatments demonstrating the broadest empirical validation for effectively reducing autistic symptomatology are those based on a behavioral model. This paper explores the relationship between the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques in reducing ASD symptomatology and its effects on improving attachment to primary caregivers.

Ashley A. Tiegen
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