Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the most thoroughly researched autism treatment and is what most states have chosen to pursue as mandate. It has been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academy of Science Committee, the Association for Science and Autism Treatment, and other respected organizations.
ABA is a hands on approach to develop an enhanced environment that a child with autism can connect with. The goal is to teach prerequisites that will make it possible for the children to learn on their own in the future. Obviously, the sooner this intervention can occur, the sooner a child with autism may be able to learn on their own and potentially join their peers in the traditional classroom without assistance. Of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder that receive early intervention, 50% are able to perform in a regular classroom without a para-educator by the 1st grade.