The FEAT BC slide show, “Go the Distance”; this 4+ minute slide presentation provides
a visual overview of what effective autism treatment is all about (highly recommended):
Parents of children with autism are bombarded on a regular basis by members of an autism industry touting the latest discovery as a cure for autism. Fortunately, science can protect parents against the “cure of the day”.
In summary, O.I. Lovaas pioneered Intensive Behavioural Treatment based on the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis at UCLA in the 1970s. His seminal work was published in 1987 and there were a flurry of scientific replications adding further evidence regarding the effectiveness of the treatment.
Intensive Behavioural Treatment is the only scientifically recognized method for effective treatment of children with autism. Early intervention often results in remarkable improvements. All children improve, some to the point of full recovery from the condition, if treatment is early and intensive. The Cost of “Lovaas” treatment is offset because fewer parents give up their autistic children to social service agencies – the government saves foster care costs ($30,000+ savings per year). Long-term government cost of care for autistic people is dramatically reduced since many children grow to be sufficiently independent to live in the community (less need for institutions). Fewer segregated classrooms are needed because most children treated early with Lovaas therapy treatment can be included in regular classrooms. Young children treated can lead full and productive lives. Many attain the capabilities necessary to overcome Autism. The method works. What parents need is insurance to cover the cost of treatment — from government or private insurers.