While there is no cure for autism, individuals can be helped significantly. The reality is that there are literally dozens of different approaches to autism intervention. Unfortunately, most lack the scientific rigor to support the claims being made by the originators of these approaches.
The key to helping these individuals is to involve them in intensive early behavioral intervention (“IEBI”). Although research in Autism has been going on for some 40 years, it was only since the claims of psychologist Lovaas and his colleagues in 1987 and 1993 that the area of autism intervention had truly developed.
Research shows that training parents to work with their children can have a tremendous impact on the child with autism and the entire family system. However, there is a lack of trainers available. Long waiting lists force many parents to turn to alternative treatments which typically calm parents but do little for these children.