Autism Spectrum Disorders


American Academy of Pediatrics: Clinical Reports

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Susan L. Hyman, Susan E. Levy, Scott M. Myers and 


 Pediatrics December 2019,  e20193447; DOI:

Promoting Optimal Development: Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening


Pediatrics December 2019,  e20193449; DOI:

Accuracy of Autism Screening in a Large Pediatric Network

Whitney Guthrie, Kate Wallis, Amanda Bennett, Elizabeth Brooks, Jesse Dudley, Marsha Gerdes, Juhi Pandey, Susan E. Levy, Robert T. Schultz and Judith S. Miller 

Pediatrics October 2019,  144 (4) e20183963; DOI: 

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network

The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is a group of programs funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities living in different areas of the United States. 

ADDM Network goals are to:

  • Describe the population of children with ASD,
  • Compare how common ASD is in different areas of the country,
  • Identify changes in ASD occurrence over time, and
  • Understand the impact of ASD and related conditions in US communities.

What We’ve Learned

CDC estimates that about 1 in 59 children has been identified with ASD (or 16.8 per 1,000 8-year-olds). These estimates from the ADDM Network are based on data collected from health and special education records of children living in 11 communities across the United States during 2014. These 11 communities comprised 8% of the United States population of 8-year-olds in 2014. Information was collected on children who were 8 years old because previous work has shown that, by this age, most children with ASD have been identified for services.

Learn more about autism prevalence estimates since the ADDM Network first began reporting in 2007.

Here are some other key findings from our most recent report:

  • The percentage of children identified with ASD varied widely among the 11 communities in this report, although five of them reported similar estimates of 1.3 percent to 1.4 percent. The highest prevalence estimate of 2.9 percent came from a community in New Jersey.
  • Boys were 4 times were more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
  • While a higher percentage of white children were identified with autism compared to black children, and even more so compared to Hispanic children, these disparities were smaller when compared with estimates from previous years.
  • Among children identified with ASD who had IQ scores available, nearly a third (31%) also had intellectual disability.
  • About 42% of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by age 3 years. This percentage is lower than the goal set by Healthy People 2020 that 47% of children with ASD have a first evaluation by age 3 years.
  • Even though ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2 years, most children were not diagnosed with ASD by a community provider until after age 4 years.
  • Recent changes in the clinical definition of autism had little impact on the percentage of school-aged children identified as having ASD.

Article: Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014

Community Report: 2018 Community Report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network

Support & News Organizations

Autism Society

Autism Society work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. 

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.


Spectrum provides comprehensive news and analysis of advances in autism research. Funding for Spectrum comes from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), but our team is editorially independent. The articles we produce do not necessarily reflect the views of the foundation’s scientific staff

Journals with Content in ABA and ASD

American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a scientific, scholarly, and archival multidisciplinary journal for reporting original contributions of the highest quality to knowledge of intellectual disability, its causes, treatment, and prevention.

Analysis of Verbal Behavior
The Analysis of Verbal Behavior is published annually by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and is primarily for the original publication of experimental or theoretical papers relevant to a behavioral analysis of verbal behavior.


Autism is a peer-reviewed, bi-monthly, international journal, providing research of direct and practical relevance to help improve the quality of life for individuals with autism or autism-related disorders.  

Behavior Analysis in Practice
Behavior Analysis in Practice is a peer-reviewed translational publication designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis. The target audience includes front-line service workers and their supervisors, scientist-practitioners, and school personnel. The mission of BAP is to promote empirically validated best practices in an accessible format that describes not only what works, but also the challenges of implementation in practical settings.

Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice is a multidisciplinary journal committed to increasing the communication between the subdisciplines within behavior analysis and psychology, and bringing up-to-date information on current developments within the field. It publishes original research, reviews of the discipline, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organization and the community, clinical work, and curricular developments.

Behavior Development Bulletin

Behavioral Development Bulletin informs the field of life-span developmental psychology by taking a behavioral analytic approach, including research in cognitive and emotional development, developmental theory, socialization, education, and speech-language pathology. It looks at the biological and environmental factors and systems that affect behavioral development, while maintaining primary interest in the role of reinforcement and environmental contingencies that influence behavior change.

Behavioral Interventions
Behavioral Interventions aims to report research and practice involving the utilization of behavioral techniques in the treatment, education, assessment and training of students, clients or patients, as well as training techniques used with staff.

Behavior Modification
Behavior Modification presents insightful research, reports, and reviews on applied behavior modification. Each issue offers successful assessment and modification techniques applicable to problems in psychiatric, clinical, educational, and rehabilitative settings, as well as treatment manuals and program descriptions.

Child Development

As the flagship journal of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Child Development has published  articles, essays, reviews, and tutorials on various topics in the  field of child development since 1930. Spanning many disciplines,  the journal provides the latest research, not only for researchers and theoreticians, but also for child psychiatrists, clinical  psychologists, psychiatric social workers, specialists in early childhood education, educational psychologists, special education teachers, and other researchers.

Child & Family Behavior Therapy
Child & Family Behavior Therapy focuses on the practical applications of behavior therapy and offers original research, examples, and behavioral techniques for parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and counselors.

Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews

Formerly known as Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Review the journal provides a focus for communication among   neuroscientists, geneticists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, and behavioral scientists interested in clinical or basic science research in aspects of brain development and function. 

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities is the flagship journal for the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Education & Treatment of Children Education & Treatment of Children is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the development of services for children and youth. A primary criterion for publication is that the material be of direct value to educators, parents, child care providers, or mental health professionals in improving the effectiveness of their services.

European Journal of Behavior Analysis
The European Journal of Behavior Analysis is published by the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis, and is primarily for the original publication of experimental reports and theoretical/conceptual papers relevant to the analysis of the behavior of individual organisms.

Exceptional Children
Insightful and pioneering research, topical issues, and broad perspectives by leaders in the field for more than 75 years have made Exceptional Children  one of the most respected scholarly journals in special education. This peer-review journal publishes research, research reviews, methodological reviews of literature, data-based position papers, and policy analyses on the education and development of children and youth with exceptionalities. 

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities addresses issues concerning individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Manuscripts reflect a wide range of disciplines, including education, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, social work, and related areas.  

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.  JABA participated in PubMed Central for some time (this link includes volumes 1 to 45  / 1968-2012 and  are free  of cost for readers).

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is a peer-reviewed, scholarly periodical focusing on all aspects of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. 

Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children

The Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children is a publication of the American Psychological Association. 

Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science

The aim of the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science is to publish original research articles and reviews in the general field of behavioural and brain function. 

Journal of Behavioral Education

The Journal of Behavioral Education is a journal devoted to publishing original research papers on the application of behavioral principles and technology to education and on the use of within subject replication designs to study educational issues, problems, and practices.   

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities  

The Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities is an interdisciplinary forum for original research and clinical reports drawn from a variety of fields serving persons with developmental and physical disabilities. The journal publishes research utilizing group comparisons as well as single-case experimental designs. 

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

The Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior is a psychology journal primarily for the original publication of experiments relevant to the behavior of individual organisms. JEAB participated in PubMed Central for some time (this link includes volumes 1 to 98  / 1958-2012 and  are free of cost for readers).

The Journal of School Psychology 

The Journal of School Psychology publishes original empirical articles and critical reviews of the literature on research and practices relevant to psychological and behavioral processes in school settings. JSP presents research on intervention mechanisms and approaches; schooling effects on the development of social, cognitive, mental-health, and achievement-related outcomes; assessment; and consultation.

The Journal of Special Education
The Journal of Special Education  provides research articles and scholarly reviews on special education for individuals with mild to severe disabilities. 

Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research  

The mission of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research is to publish peer-reviewed, empirical research in the areas of normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing. The Journal provides new information and theoretical approaches important for understanding normal processes involved in speech, language, and hearing and to the clinical management (e.g., screening, diagnosis, habilitation, or rehabilitation) of communication disorders. 


Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration
The Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration was a publication of the Standard Celeration Society. This non-refereed journal was a primary outlet for discoveries and practices being developed by chart users and precision teachers from 1980 to 2010. This archive contains a wealth of information, research, and insights directly from practitioners and scholars who used the standard celeration chart as their primary measurement and decision-making tool.

Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
The mission of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis is to provide a forum for professionals from the fields of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech-language pathology (SLP) to exchange information of mutual interest.

Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal  is one of the leading scientific periodicals in the field of learning disabilities (LD) and related disorders. Ever since its foundation in 2003, its continuing mission has been to provide research papers of the highest quality that contain well-grounded information on diagnosis, assessment, interventions, policy, and other relevant issues related to academic failure. 

Remedial and Special Education
Remedial and Special Education (RSE) offers interdisciplinary articles that bridge the gap between theory and practice involving the education of individuals for whom typical instruction is not effective. Articles include topical reviews, syntheses of research, field evaluation studies, and recommendations for practice of remedial and special education.

ABA with Special Populations: Videos

Alan Poling Pharmacology and Autism

Andy Bondy and Lori Frost PECS and Skinner's Verbal Behavior 

Brett R. Kuhn Assessment and Treatment of Behavioral Sleep Problems


Brian A. Iwata Functional Analysis of Problem Behavior Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injury


Cathleen C. Piazza Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders


Coby J. Lund  Functional Assessment of Problem Behaviors Part IFunctional Assessment of Problem Behaviors Part II


Dawn Hendricks Applied Behavior Analysis: Just the Facts

Douglas Wood Treating Habits Disorders in Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities 

Eric BoelterUse of Applied Behavior Analysis to Assess and Treat Disruptive Behavior 

Gregory Hanley  Addressing Stereotypy: The Importance of Contingency and a Balanced Approach to this Core Symptom of Autism 

Gregory Hanley Meaningful Solutions for Problem Behavior Associated with Autism 

Gregory HanleySleep Problems in Children with Autism: Prevalent, Relevant, and Treatable by Behaviour Analysts 

Iser de Leon Stimulus Preference Assessment Procedures 

James Partington describes effective interventions for the acquisition of verbal behavior:   

Verbal Behavior Part 1  

Verbal Behavior Part 2 

Verbal Behavior Part 3 

Verbal Behavior Part 4 

Verbal Behavior Part 5 

Verbal Behavior Part 6 

Verbal Behavior Part 7 

Verbal Behavior Part 8

Keith Allen Behavioral Approaches to Preparing Children for Medical, Dental and Personal Care Appointments 

Marcie Desroches & Erin DiSacere  ABA Training Modules for Parents and Staff 

Mark L. Sundberg  The origins of behavior analytic applications 

Mark L. Sundberg discusses language assessment and how to utilize the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). 

Mary Jane Weiss Teaching Social Skills to Individuals with Autism 

Mary Jane Weiss The Ethical Code for Behavior Analysis: Key Themes and Examples of Applications 

Nancy Rosenberg  Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Part 1 - Strategies for Families 

Nancy Rosenberg Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Part 2 - Strategies at Home and School 

Robert Schramm describes 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control

Tim Vollmer Differential Reinforcement Procedures in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Wayne W. Fisher Functional Communication Training: Research Foundations 

Wayne W. Fishe Treatment of Problem Behavior Using Functional Communication Training: Clinical Applications 

William L. Heward Applied Behavior Analysis in Education


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