A Comparative Analysis: Applied Behavior Analysis, SCERTS, and Art Therapy

This paper will integrate a synthesis of researched based on successful treatment strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that may contribute to successful and effective approaches for children with ASD. Three researched based models will be explored for the treatment of ASD; Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS), and art therapy (AT) (Thompson, 2013; Molteni, Guldberg, & Logan, 2013; Mirabella, 2015). Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), developed by O. Ivar Lovass, ABA uses techniques like paring, discrete trial teaching, and verbal behavior analysis (Rivard & Forget, 2012; Leaf, Leaf, McEachin, Taubman, Ala’i-Rosales, Ross, Smith & Weiss, 2016). SCERTS is a method researched for treating ASD, aims to teach children with autism how to adapt appropriately to the environment. Art Therapy uses the creative process by engaging with materials and media to support “…conflict resolution, enhance interpersonal relationships increase self-awareness, support access and the management of traumatic memories, and strengthen and promote a healthy self-esteem” (as cited in AATA, 2016). A summary of the three approaches to the treatment of ASD will be synthesized for their strengths and challenges including how the Adlerian Concepts of belonging, connection and social interest connected to working with children with ASD. A summary of the findings and recommendations for future research will be included. The experiential portion of this paper will reflect a synthesizing art piece exploring the interrelationship between each model. The resulting art piece will be donated to a local ASD organization, St. David’s Child and Family Development as way to educate, contribute and create connection to the children and families who struggle with ASD.

Taylor Vance
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