Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Discrete Trial Training for the Treatment of Autism
DTT was developed in the 1970s by doctors at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) who designed this method of training on the principals of ABA; that when a behavior is rewarded, it is more likely to be repeated. While ABA looks at behavior in these terms of a cue, the behavior and consequence, DTT further compartmentalizes skills into small, or "discrete," components which are systematically taught one by one.
In a landmark study conducted at the UCLA in 1987, it was found that nearly half (47%) of children receiving ABA therapy were able to achieve normal intellectual and educational functioning by the end of first grade. Since then, ABA and DTT have become widely recognized as safe, effective, and proven treatments for autism, and have been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies including the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association.
Perspectives Corporation’s Autism Center of Excellence designs and develops highly effective treatment programs tailored to the unique nature of each individual, while utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Training methodologies, for children and adults with autism throughout Rhode Island.
For more information about Perspectives Corporation's Autism Center of Excellence, visit perspectivescorporation.com/autism.