An evidence-based treatment approach for people with an ASD is called applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA is an evidence based approach, widely accepted among health care professionals and used in many schools and treatment clinics. ABA is a way of changing behavior and helping children to learn. It encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors in order to improve a variety of skills.
St. Amant directs the Manitoba ABA Program for Children with Autism (MABACA). It is funded by the provincial government and provides intensive ABA treatment for children with autism between the ages of 2 to 6 y. Each child in the program receives 35 hours of therapy per week, including 27 hours with a tutor, three hours with a senior tutor, and five hours with a parent, all supervised by a clinical consultant.
St. Amant is also developing more flexible approaches to the use of ABA for those unable to commit to this level of intensity, and also helps with the transition into child care and school settings.