I believe that therapies for children with Autism vary as much as other components of our educational system. Every child has their own learning style(s). ABA has proven to be a successful technique with many children. Also, there are other treatments that have been met with success by families and professionals working with children with Autism or PDD-NOS. I encourage people interested in Autism to join support networks and share ideas with people also in this community. We certainly can learn from each other.
I have listed two new websites that are parent generated and have much to offer.
How wonderful that you have dedicated so much of your time to supporting children with Autism! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I have heard about and observed wonderful outcomes with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I think that it might be helpful to share more of your thoughts about ABA on this discussion board or in an article for our site. Many parents may not be familiar with ABA and others may be looking for therapists in their area who have experience with ABA. For example, how does a parent select a therapist? I imagine that many parents would welcome that information. If you would like to write an article on this topic, feel free to contact me.
I use ABA in my classroom along with several other interventions. I have found that ABA works for most students, but other strategies work well for others.
I heard a conference one time "Once you meet one person with autism, you have met one person with autism."