Although many individuals with autism do not engage in severe problem behavior, research suggests it does seem to be more prevalent in children with autism than in those with other or no diagnoses. Therefore, a critical function of early intervention services for children with autism would seem to be preventing the development of severe problem behavior, to allow these children access to the wide range of opportunities and experiences available to their peers.


Below are descriptions of two interventions tailored specifically to target emerging problem behavior in home and school settings. FTF provides consultation services in both programs. Click on the program of interest to learn more.

Treatment OptionsDescription
Balance Program: Parent-Implemented Home-Based ProgramBalance Program, a home-based, parent-implemented, skill-based approach to preventing the development of severe problem behavior in young children recently diagnosed with autism.
Preschool Life Skills (PLS): Teacher-Implemented School-Based ProgramThe Preschool Life Skills (PLS) program is a small group and class-wide approach to teaching critical social skills to preschoolers to prevent problem behavior from developing or reemerging.

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