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Study Shows ABA Helps Children with Autism

Editor’s Note:  Great research result!

Vanderbilt researchers this week reported updated findings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.

Study authors said the quality of research studies has improved dramatically since AHRQ’s 2011 review of studies on ASD, when authors reported that there were significant gaps in research available to document the benefits of treatments.

The updated review examined published evidence regarding the effectiveness of early intensive behavioral and developmental interventions — interventions with a primarily behavioral approach based on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) principles and a comprehensive focus targeting multiple areas of functioning

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