Autism And Applied Behavior Analysis Essay

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Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
Affecting one in every 150 children born in the United States, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a vicious disease with no known cause that affects social, communication and language skills. Many trials and treatments have been and will continue to be conducted to find the best way to treat, cure and prevent Autism. One finding that has particularly been praised is Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis is four different treatments, Discrete Trial Learning, Pivotal Response Training, Verbal Behavior and Incidental Teaching that focus on natural intervention and behavioral issues of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The term Autism has been around since around 1911 when a Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler, used the term to refer to a group of people with symptoms related to schizophrenia. In the 1950’s, a term called “refrigerator mother” was coined, referring to autism being caused by a “dearth of maternal warmth” (pbs). With many more terms being used throughout the decades, most terms were found to be incorrect and more information was needed to understand autism. As time moved on, and medical advancements were made, we now know. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is described as a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. (cdc.gov). Autism doesn’t necessarily affect how a person looks, but rather affects how a person communicates with others, interacts in social settings and…

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