Monthly Message – May 2022

In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares with 1 in 54 identified with autism in 2016. This increase in the prevalence of autism is largely due to awareness, acceptance, continued education, and easier accessibility to early screening and diagnosis.

In order to continue providing education and resources to our local communities, Action Behavior Centers has created the Family Guide Book which is a great starting point for families who have concerns about their child being on the spectrum, or have recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or are interested in learning more about ABA therapy in general. Our Physician Liaison team spent the month of April distributing this great resource for families to offices in the region and will continue providing these books as requested. Many of our healthcare provider partners have placed these books in their lobbies, resource/nurse’s stations, or even in each treatment room for families to browse through while they’re waiting to be seen, which has helped spark critical developmental conversations for families with their physicians.

If you are interested in receiving more of these Family Guide Books for your office for free, click on the green button to the right and we will be sure to drop more off to you! If you’d like to browse through the digital version of this book, click on the Family Guide book picture to the right of this paragraph.

Dr. Gregory Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA – ABC Clinical Advisory Council Member

We are honored to have Dr. Gregory Hanley join our community at Action Behavior Centers as the fifth member of our Clinical Advisory Council! Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for 30 years. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 25), past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and the Journal of Behavior Analysis. He has published over 100 articles focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of maladaptive behavior and teaching strategies for developing life skills, and empirically-derived values for practitioners.