Intervention for autism

United States Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, has endorsed intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General states, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”

The report is available on the world wide web at :


The report can also be ordered by calling 1-877-9MHealth, or by writing to Mental Health, Pueblo, CO 81009.

Additional Organizations that endorse ABA

The following organizations endorse ABA as a scientifically proven approach for treating children with autism and related disorders:

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Family Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Occupational Therapy Association

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Autism Society of America

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

National Institute of Mental Health