There is a shortage of Applied Behavior Analysis providers for children with ASD


December 16, 2019

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Yidan Xue Zhang

As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders continues to rise in the United States, the supply of certified applied behavior analysis providers to meet the demand for treatment is significantly insufficient, according to the results of a study published in Psychiatric services.

“Applied behavior analytics vendors are in short supply in nearly every state in the United States,” Yidan Xue Zhang, MC, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Healio Psychiatry told. “We need to increase the supply of autism service providers to improve access to treatment for children with autism.”

Zhang and Janet R. Cummings, PhD, also from the Rollins School of Public Health, used the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s online database to obtain state-level data on the total number of certified Applied Behavior Analysis providers in the United States. They compared the per capita supply of certified providers in each state with a benchmark established using the council’s guidelines. They also looked at regional and state variations in the supply of certified providers.

The researchers reported that the per capita supply of certified Applied Behavior Analytics providers was lower than the benchmark in 49 states and was higher in the Northeast than in other regions (P

“Efforts to improve screening and early identification of children with ASD may not translate to receipt of evidence-based services, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, if there are not enough providers available to treat this population,” Zhang said. – by Joe Gramigna

Disclosures: The authors report no relevant financial information.


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