Autism Partnership UK provides a wide range of services for children and their families, as well as training for professionals who are involved in the education of children with autism.
For children local to our centres, we provide both direct one to one intervention, and the supervision and consultation necessary to develop and maintain an individualised intensive ABA programme. One to one teaching sessions can occur in our therapy centres, at home, in a nursery or school setting and in various community locations. At the beginning of intervention, one to one teaching is used to rapidly develop skills. Group teaching opportunities are provided for the purpose of further developing social skills, generalising skills developed in one-to-one instruction, learning how to learn in group settings and further developing the maintenance of appropriate behaviour in a variety of settings. We provide support for parents on how to manage challenging and maladaptive behaviour and how to maximise the child’s learning while at home outside of formal therapy time.
For children who are not local to our therapy centres we can provide ongoing consultation services to assist parents conducting their own home or school-based ABA programmes. We can provide ABA programme services anywhere in the UK and worldwide. Children who are just beginning their ABA programmes, not progressing as well as expected or who have especially complex learning and behavioural needs can participate in a week long intensive intervention with highly-qualified practitioners providing the therapy.
For professionals involved in the education of children with autism, we offer comprehensive training in ABA methodology, training workshops, professional development and consultation for developing ABA classrooms.
Every year there is a new intervention which is declared to be highly effective in educating individuals with ASD. So how does one decide which intervention to select? We are firm believers in the scientific method. It is important to separate those procedures that merely sound good, make sense, or feel right from those that actually produce positive change. This really is no different from what we would expect or want when it comes to medical intervention. If one had a life-threatening medical illness, one would not take a drug merely based on the claims of the manufacturer. The patient would look for medications that have gone through scientifically rigorous examination and have proven to be effective. That way the patient would also know the risks associated with taking them. The same should be true for any psychological intervention, including intervention for autism.
Unfortunately, many approaches claim to be effective but lack rigorous scientific testing to support the claim. Some interventions originally produced a lot of excitement based on anecdotal evidence, but have later been shown not to have any effect, for example, secretin. Other interventions have been later shown to be actually harmful when used over a long period of time, for example, fenfluramine. Therefore, it is essential that parents be well-informed and objective when deciding on an intervention for their child.
Parents should critically evaluate the evidence for effectiveness of an approach, look for carefully conducted scientific research and beware of pseudoscience. What the research consistently shows is that one approach meets this scientific standard, with more than three decades of research demonstrating incredible effectiveness: Intensive Behavioural Intervention based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). There is no other intervention that has been proven to be more effective or has the same amount of scientific evidence to support it. For more information we invite you to explore research findings on behavioural intervention of autism.