Julian Pecquet of The Hill reports on a study showing that kids can recover from autism as a result of applied behavioral analysis and without the use of any drugs. The study, which was funded by the State of Arizona and conducted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), examined the effects of ABA on 14 young children. The study found that six of the children no longer displayed clinical symptoms of autism and that most participants demonstrated improvement.
Of course it is possible that those kids who “recovered,” i.e. they no longer displayed any symptoms of autism, were only borderline ASD, but the obvious and important point to consider is that even the kids with slow progress demonstrated increases in communication and leisure skills and significant drops in challenging behaviors. As indicated last week, these low-functioning kids are the ones who will likely benefit the most from this therapy.