The effectiveness of applied behaviour analysis interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
This systematic review considers the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions grounded in the principles of applied behaviour analysis for people with autism spectrum disorder.
Released on Education Counts: April 2010
Author(s): Marita Broadstock and Anne Lethaby, New Zealand Guidelines Group.
Date Published: 19 December 2008
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