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Revised Consumer Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Special Interest Group (SIG)
Association for Behavior Analysis International Original Version Adopted May 23, 1998
1st Revision Adopted September 15, 2004
2nd Revision Adopted May 22, 2007
The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis asserts that all children and adults with autism spectrum disorders have the right to effective education and treatment based on the best available scientific evidence. Unfortunately, many interventions for autism have not been shown to be effective in sound research; others have been shown to be ineffective or harmful.1 Research has long documented the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis (ABA) methods in the education and treatment of people with autism.2 Although it is beyond the scope of these guidelines, the Autism SIG urges consumers to inquire about scientific support for all autism treatments. The Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies host websites that provide consumers with a wealth of information about autism treatments (please visit www.asatonline.org and www.behavior.org). For more information on these Guidelines, please visit www.autismsig.org (or www.abainternational.org/Special_Interests/autism.asp).
Consumer Advisory: All consumers should exercise caution when selecting service providers for individuals with autism. Furthermore, consumers are urged to obtain references from all potential service providers and to check those references carefully. Consumers are strongly encouraged to report unprofessional and unethical behavior to the appropriate regulatory bodies including the state consumer affairs bureau and, if the individual is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®), the BACB®.
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This document suggests guidelines for consumers to use in determining who may be qualified to direct applied behavior analysis programs for individuals with autism, as recommended by the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The Association for Behavior Analysis, its members and Executive Council have not adopted an official policy, position, or opinion regarding these Guidelines.