Saturday, March 24, 2007

Clinic Notes: ABA for Normally Developing Children

Thirty-seven years ago when I was in graduate school ADHD was in the new as much, if not more than autism is today. Parents were rushing their kids to pediatricians, many begging that they be put on Ritalin. Now it's déjà vu all over again. Parents of small children are now concerned that their child could have autism because they have not reached their developmental milestones as rapidly as some of their peers. These children do not have developmental delays because they still have not reached the end o their maturational period, but their parents are running scared. Reassuring parents that their child is developing normally is not enough. They want ABA to speed up the acquisition of skills for their child. This presents an interesting dilemma. Do I provide ABA for these children or say "sorry" and go to a child on my waiting list who has a diagnosis of autism?

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