Journal of Educational Leadership in Action


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder with a rising prevalence rate. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (2014) the rates were reported to be one out of every 68 children. Autism affects social interaction, interest, activities, communication, and causes restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors. When a child is diagnosed with autism, it is important for the family to decide on a treatment plan. Treatment for autism is usually a very intensive, comprehensive undertaking that involves the child’s family and a team of professionals. The focus of this article is to explain the differences between four treatment plans as well as to increase the knowledge of parents so they know about different treatment plans available for children diagnosed with autism: Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), both researched and evidenced based, and two alternative treatment plans Dog and Horse/Equine Therapy.

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