Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas (1988) In Historical Perspective

3.5 BACB Level II CE Credits

About the presentation:

The heart of this continuing education (CE/CEU) module is the film “Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas,” produced by Ed Anderson (and sold separately through the CCBS Store). This 1988 film is put into historical perspective by a couple of “bookend” papers: Gina Green (2002) traces the lineage of behavior-based approaches to autism treatment, including how Lovaas fits in; and Steve Luce (2006) discusses what has changed in our diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders, and how our treatment methodologies have evolved as various studies have examined the factors that were responsible for the successful outcomes in the Lovaas (1987) study.

Learning Objectives:

  •  After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify a number of behavioral excesses associated with autism.
  • After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify a number of characteristics of the ABA approach to autism present in the early work as well as the typical ABA intervention today.
  • After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to identify some of the early criticisms associated with Dr. Lovaas and his use of mild punishment.
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