School of Behavior Analysis

Working with People with Autism

people with autismAutism is neurological disorder that affects social interaction. People with autism may also engage in restricted or repetitive behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the likelihood of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) grew 20% between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, the CDC reported nationally one child in 88 would likely be diagnosed with a form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The diagnosis rate for boys is one in 54 and one in 252 for girls.

There is no Medical Test for ASD and There is no Cure

People with autism are diagnosed based on their symptoms and behavioral restrictions. Treatment is concentrated on alleviating the symptoms of ASD by changing and improving the child’s developmental and educational gains through early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI). Behavior analysts work with individuals with autism to teach them new skills and to decrease problematic behavior. The Florida Tech programs in applied behavior analysis train students to work with individuals with autism in a variety of settings including homes, schools, and clinics. Florida Tech students work with individuals with autism on pre-academic and academic skills, social skills, problem behavior such as self-injury and stereotypy, and problems with feeding.