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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Program

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders Program is a comprehensive, multi-component intervention run by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Woodland Hills, California.

The program includes: (1) one-on-one treatment delivered by trained behavioural practitioners, (2) both discrete trial training and natural environment training strategies, (3) verbal behaviour approach to language, (4) both errorless and least-to-most prompting strategies, (5) research-based behavioural principles and procedures (e.g., reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, generalization training, chaining, and shaping), (6) a function-based approach for the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, (7) parents included in all treatment decisions and receiving regular training; and 8) direct supervision given on a regular basis.

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