A notable treatment approach for people with ASD is called applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA has become widely accepted among healthcare professionals and used in many schools and treatment clinics. ABA encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors to improve a variety of skills. The child’s progress is tracked and measured.
Dr. Schaefer founded Collaborative Autism Resources and Education (CARE, LLC) in 2002 in Nevada. Dr. Schaefer has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D) level since 2003. She is recognized as a leader within the field.
The methods of behavior analysis have been used and studied for decades. They have helped many kinds of learners gain different skills – from healthier lifestyles to learning a new language. Therapists have used ABA to help children with autism and related developmental disorders since the 1960s.