A Cause For Diversity & Inclusion
How effective is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is most commonly used to treat maladaptive behavioral symptoms and to teach functional living skills to these individuals. According to, Dr. Ivar Lovaas 90% of children who receive applied behavior analysis (ABA) based support services achieve success (Lovaas, O. I., 1987).
How diverse are the professionals in the field?
Race can often be an indicator of poverty, nutrition, socioeconomic status, exposure to toxins, immigrant status, whether parents are likely to get prenatal care and many other factors that can be damaging to educational outcomes. Clinicians need to take race and ethnicity into consideration when recommending a care plan tailored for a specific child. Currently, only an estimated 22% of Behavior Analysts are from diverse/non-white groups (BACB, 2022). Having an increased amount of clinicians who understand culturally and linguistically diverse values could increase the diversity amongst research participants. Research indicates that by determining who benefits from different interventions and why, practitioners might be able to serve racially and ethnically diverse patients.
How does this impact autism?
Currently, less than 18% of autism research findings report the cultural backgrounds of their participants. Although autism occurs in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, individuals from these groups are typically diagnosed later in life than children from caucasian families. As a result, race and ethnicity are often overlooked when developing evidence-based practices for treating these individuals. Families of children with autism determined to be apart of lower socioeconomic groups receive an overall lower quality of professional and medical treatment services (Smith et al., 2020).
How can we help to make a change?
At Swarthy Lion, we are a culturally responsive organization that can reach out in more appropriate ways to diverse communities. With reportedly only 3.93% of clinicians in the field being black, our lead with style, Sindy Victor provides quality and effective intervention services to low income and minority families in Atlanta, Georgia.