Autism and ABA: The gulf between North America and Europe

Mickey Keenan, Karola Dillenburger, Hanns-Rüdiger Röttgers, Katerina Dounavi, Sigríður Lóa Jónsdóttir, Paolo Moderato, Jacqueline J. A.M. Schenk, Javier Virués-Ortega, Lise Roll-Pettersson, Neil Martin

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Prevalence estimations for Autism Spectrum Disorder have been increasing over the past few years with rates now reported to be at 1:68. Interventions that are based on Applied Behaviour Analysis are significantly related to best outcomes and are widely considered ‘treatment as usual’ in North America. In Europe, this is not the case, instead a rather ill-defined ‘eclectic’ approach is widely promoted and in this paper we discuss some of the roots of this gulf between Europe and North America and correct some of the misconceptions that prevail about Applied Behaviour Analysis in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
Early online date30 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • autism
  • applied behaviour analysis
  • Europe
  • america
  • early intervention
  • multidisciplinary teamwork
  • ABA


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