Treatments for Young Children with Autism: Contingencies That Impact Treatment Choice and Outcome

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January 18, 2018 | 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST


Deciding which treatment to provide to children with autism is among the most important decisions made by parents, clinicians, funders, and public policy makers. Multiple studies have now compared intensive behavior analytic intervention for young children with autism to the most widely available alternative:  eclectic treatment. Intensive, comprehensive behavior analytic treatment consistently produces better outcomes than the eclectic model on standardized measures of intellectual functioning, language, and adaptive skills, (e.g., Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005; Howard, Stanislaw, Green, Sparkman, & Cohen, 2014). However, the eclectic model is arguably the most widely utilized treatment approach.  Possible reasons as to why the eclectic model is widely utilized are discussed along with ways to address barriers to the adoption of effective treatment.


1) Describe 3 early intervention models for the treatment of autism in young children.
2) Compare and contrast outcomes of intensive ABA and eclectic treatment models on measures of intellectual functioning, language, and adaptive skills
3) Discuss 3 factors that may impact choice of treatments and how behavior analysts may help inform decisions made by parents and other stakeholders.


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What type of continuing education is this?
DataFinch Virtual Academy is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®.) This event is classified as Type II continuing education. For more information, please visit

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Presenter Bio: Jane Howard, PhD, BCBA-D

Jane Howard, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D®) and a licensed psychologist. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Therapeutic Pathways and The Behavior Center.  Based in California, these organizations provide behavior analytic treatment to pediatric,  adolescent, and adult populations diagnosed with autism.  Dr. Howard is also Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California, where she taught graduate courses in behavior analysis and child clinical psychology.

Dr. Howard is the lead author on various treatment studies for autism.  Her research been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She co-authored the textbook Human Behavior: Analysis and Application with Ellen Reese. In addition, Dr. Howard has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

She currently serves on the Board of the Council of Autism Service Providers and has served on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Behavior Analysis. She also is Past President of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Location Information

This workshop will be held at the DataFinch Technologies headquarters(located at 53 Perimeter Center E, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30346) and streamed live online. Attend the workshop in person or from the comforts of your personal computer. On - site space is limited.

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