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Autism Information

The Autism Society of America (ASA)
The Autism Society of America works to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.


Autism Speaks
An organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

The California Department of Developmental Services
The agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. (916) 654-1987.

Families for Early Autism Treatment - Northern California
A non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community.

Families for Early Autism Treatment - Los Angeles
LA FEAT is Los Angeles Families for Effective Autism Treatment. LA FEAT was founded by parents of autistic children. LA FEAT is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization for parents and families of children with autism serving greater Los Angeles and the surrounding counties.

 

Applied Behavior Analysis Information

The Assocation for Behavior Analysis International
A nonprofit professional membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

The Assocation of Professional Behavior Analysis
The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) is a new organization with the primary mission of serving the needs of professional behavior analyst practitioners credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board
A nonprofit corporation established as a result of credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, state governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.

The California Association for Behavior Analysis
The California Association for Behavior Analysis is dedicated to the science of behavior analysis, and is committed to promoting research, education, and practice based on the principles of behavior analysis.

 

Regional Centers

There are 21 regional centers in California established by the Lanterman Act. Each is a private, non-profit corporation contracting with the State of California. BECA is vendorized with the following regional centers:

Alta Regional Center

Harbor Regional Center

North Bay Regional Center

Westside Regional Center

Click here to find your local regional center.

 

Useful Articles

Lovaas 1987
The pioneering study which identified intensive behavioral intervention as an effective treatment for young children with autism. 47% of children in the treatment group became "indistinguishable" from their typically developing peers.

McEachin, Smith and Lovaas, 1993
The follow up to the Lovaas’ 1987 study which demonstrated the effects of the original intervention were “substantial and long-lasting".

Sallows & Graupner, 2005
This study replicated the findings from Lovaas (1987) original study.

Cohen, Amerine-Dickens, & Smith, 2006
The most recent replication of the Lovaas (1987) study

Smith, Groen, and Wynn, 2000
This study examined the effects of reduced treatment intensity (number of hours of intervention; 25 hours per week) of behavioral intervention on young children with autism and found that gains can be made with fewer than 40 hours per week of intervention, although the gains may not be as impressive.

Eikeseth, Smith, Jahr, and Eldevik, 2002
This study compared groups of children with autism who received an equal amount of either intensive behavioral intervention or an “eclectic” special education approach. The study demonstrated that: 1) children in the behavioral group made significantly greater improvements than their counterparts in the eclectic group; and 2) improvements were related to specific aspects of behavioral intervention rather than treatment intensity alone (e.g., the great number of service hours).

Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005
Replication of Eikeseth et al. (2002).

Surgeon General's Advocacy of ABA
Click on the link above and scroll down for the Surgeon General's statement on Autism.

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