The Development of an Effective Applied Behavioral Analysis Program for a Young Child with Autism: A Parent's Perspective.Cattell-Gordon, Donna MA, MAETS; Cattell-Gordon, David LCSW, MDIVInfants & Young Children: January 1998 Seminar on Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment for Autism: PDF Only Abstract : Research indicates that applied behavioral analysis can make significant improvements in the skills of young children with autism. A shortage of trained professionals need not keep a family from developing an effective program for a young child with autism. The key to implementing an appropriate treatment plan lies in consistency, simplicity, intensity, and precision. Home programming for a young child with autism can achieve positive results; however, a parent-driven, center-based model provides more creative use of resources by allowing for shared training, supplies, space, and fundraising. It also allows for strong mutual support and the opportunity for a greater pool of data from which to advocate. (C)1998Aspen Publishers, Inc.