chapter  25
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Why ABA Is Not a Fad, a Pseudoscience, a Dubious or Controversial Treatment, or Politically Correct


As discussed throughout this book, the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often involves the application of fads and nonscientifically based treatments and practices despite the fact that a scientifically validated and highly effective treatment, applied behavior analysis (ABA), is available (Foxx, 2008; Metz, Mulick, & Butter, Chapter 11, this volume). ABA employs methods derived from scientifically established principles of behavior (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968). It has been applied successfully to a wide range of populations and areas, including autism, intellectual disabilities, all forms of education, business, mental health, counseling, marriage counseling, and child abuse, to name but a few (Martin & Pear, 2014).