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Modern research has yielded an enormous amount of new knowledge that is changing the outlook for individuals with autism. AST employs many of these findings in crafting personalized programs that address the unique needs of individuals and their families.

Our founders have more than 40 years of combined research experience and published work behind them. They have a respected presence in academic and professional communities, and serve on the editorial boards of top research journals. Many of our staff members also contribute to the ABA knowledge base by publishing research and articles related to autism and autism therapies.

Publications by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Daneshvar, S., Frea, W.D., & Molko, R. (2009). Generalizing in-home treatment gains. In, C. Whalen (Ed.), Real Life, Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments.
Frea, W.D. & Molko R.G. (2004). Examining the structure of you ABA program. The Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Digest, 20-48

Gershater-Molko, R. M., & Lutzker, J. R. (1999). Child Neglect. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Assessment of family violence: A clinical and legal sourcebook, 2nd Edition (pp. 157-183). John Wiley & Sons.

Gershater, R. M., Lutzker, J. R., & Kuehnel, T. G. (1997). Activity scheduling to increase staff-patient interactions. The Clinical Supervisor, 15,115-128.

Lutzker, J. R., Bigelow, K. M., Doctor, R. M., Gershater, R. M., & Greene, B. F. (1998). An ecobehavioral model for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect: History and application. In J. R. Lutzker (Ed.), A handbook of child abuse research and treatment. New York: Plenum.

Publications by William Frea, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Frea, W.D. (2009)  HYPERLINK "http://autismtherapies.com/ast-research_get-em-while-theyre-young" Get ‘Em While They’re Young: How Infant Stimulation Programs Can Make a Big Impact on Little Ones. Exceptional Parent Magazine (online version).

Daneshvar, S., Frea, W.D., & Molko, R. (2009). Generalizing in-home treatment gains. In, C. Whalen (Ed.), Real Life, Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments.

Liber, D. B., Frea, W.D., & Symon, J.B. (2008). Using time-delay to improve social play skills with peers for children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 312-323.

Harper, C., Symon, J.B., & Frea, W.D. (2008). Recess is time-in: Using peers to improve social skills of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 815-826.

Frea, W.D. & McNerney, E. (2008). Early intensive applied behavior analysis intervention for autism. In J.K. Luisellil et al. (eds.), Effective Practices for Children with Autism: Educational and Behavior Support Interventions that Work, 84-110.

Frea, W.D. (2006). Teaching social skills to students on the autism spectrum. Impact, 19, 20-21.

Frea, W. D. (2004). Review of families and positive behavior support. American Journal of Mental Retardation, p. 109.

Frea, W.D. & Molko R.G. (2004). Examining the structure of your ABA program. The Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Digest, 20-48.

Koegel, L.K., Koegel, R.L., Frea, W.D., & Grenn-Hopkins, I. (2003). Priming as a Method of Coordinating Educational Services for Students with Autism. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 34, 228-235.

Moes, D., & Frea, W.D. (2002). Contextualized behavioral support in early intervention for children with autism and their families. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 23, 521-534.

Koegel, L.K., Koegel, R.L., Frea, W.D., & Fredeen, R. (2001). Identifying early intervention targets for children with autism in inclusive school settings. Behavior Modification, 25, 745-761.

Frea, W. D., Arnold, C. L., & Vittimberga, G.L. (2001). A demonstration of the effects of augmentative communication on the extreme aggressive behavior of a child with autism within an integrated preschool setting. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 3, 194-198.

Frea, W.D. (2000). A review of “Antecedent Control.” Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 25, 123-124. 

Moes, D., & Frea, W.D. (2000). Using an assessment of family context to inform intervention planning for the treatment of challenging behavior in a child with autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2, 40-46. [Republished in 2003, in, Positive Behavior Support: Critical Articles on Improving Practice for Individuals with Severe Disabilities. L. Bambara, G. Dunlap, & I.S., Schwartz.]

Frea, W. D., Craig-Unkefer, L., Odom, S. L., & Johnson, D. (1999). Differential effects of structured social integration and group friendship activities for promoting social interaction with peers. Journal of Early Intervention, 22, 230-242.

Frea, W. D. & Hepburn, S.L. (1999). A demonstration of teaching parents of children with autism how to perform functional assessments to plan interventions for extremely disruptive behaviors. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, 1, 112-116.

Frea, W.D., & Vittimberga, G.L. (1999). Behavioral interventions for children with autism. In J.A. Austin & J.E. Carr (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis. Reno, Nevada: Context Press.

Frea, W. D. (1997).Treating stereotypic behavior by teaching orienting responses to environmental stimuli. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 22, 28-35.

Frea, W. D., & Hughes, C. (1997). Functional analysis and treatment of social-communicative behavior of adolescents with developmental delays. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 30, 701-704.

Koegel, R. L., Koegel, L. K., Frea, W. D., & Smith, A. E. (1995). Emerging interventions for children with autism: Longitudinal and lifestyle implications. In R. L. Koegel & L. K. Koegel (Eds.), Teaching children with autism: Strategies for initiating positive interactions and improving learning opportunities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Frea, W. D. (1995). Social-communicative skills in high-functioning children with autism. In R. L. Koegel & L. K. Koegel (Eds.), Teaching children with autism: Strategies for initiating positive interactions and improving learning opportunities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Mullen, K. B. & Frea, W. D. (1995).  A parent-professional consultation model for functional analysis. In R. L. Koegel & L. K. Koegel (Eds.), Teaching children with autism: Strategies for initiating positive interactions and improving learning opportunities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Frea, W. D., Koegel, L. K., Koegel, R. L. (1994). Understanding why problem behaviors occur: A guide for assisting parents to analyze causes of behavior and design treatment plans. University of California, Santa Barbara.

Frea, W.D. & Peterson, M. (In Review). Use of peer-mediated pivotal response training in integrated kindergarten classrooms. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Koegel, R. L., Frea, W. D., & Surratt, A. V. (1994). Self-management as a strategy for modifying problem behavior. In E. Schopler & G. Mesibov (Eds.), Behavioral issues in autism. New York: Plenum Press.

Koegel, R. L. & Frea, W. D. (1993). Treatment of social behavior in autism through the modification of pivotal pragmatic skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 26, 369-377.

Koegel, L. K., Koegel, R. L., Hurley, C., & Frea, W. D. (1992). Improving social skills and disruptive behavior in children with autism through self-management. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 25, 341-353.

Reviews of research listed above Autism Research Review International, (1998), Vol. 12. New twist on treating self-stimulatory behavior.

A comprehensive review of: Frea, W. D. (1997). Treating stereotypic behavior by teaching orienting responses to environmental stimuli. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 22, 28-35.

Published Interviews “Interview with Dr. William Frea,” Momentum, 29, 12-16.(1999)

Publications by Andrea Ridgway, Ph.D., BCBA-D
LaRue, R.H., Northup, J., Baumeister, A.A., Hawkins, M.F., Seale, L., Williams, T., & Ridgway, A. (2008). An evaluation of the effects of stimulant medication on the reinforcing efficacy of play. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 41, 143-147.

Snyder, P., Eason, J., Philibert, D., Ridgway, A., & Jenkins, T. (2008). Concurrent validity of the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) and the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales II (PDMS II). Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 28(3), 267-282.

Gulley, V., Northup, J., Hupp, S.D.A., Spera, S., LeVelle, J., & Ridgway, A. (2003). Sequential evaluation of behavioral treatments and methylphenidate dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36(3), 375-378.

Ridgway, A., Northup, J., Pellegrin, A., LaRue, R., & Hightshoe, A. (2003). Effects of recess on the classroom behavior of children with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. School Psychology Quarterly, 18(3), 253-268.


Publications by Sabrina Daneshvar, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Daneshvar, S Charlop-Christy, M.H. (in preparation). A comparison of Steps to Social Success (SSS) and Social Stories for teaching social skills to children with autism. To be submitted to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Charlop-Christy, M.H.,& Daneshvar, S.(in preparation). Using the Picture ExchangeCommunication System (PECS) to teach sight reading skills to children with autism. To be submitted to the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Charlop-Christy, M.H., & Daneshvar, S. (2002). Using video modeling to teach perspective taking to children with autism. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, 5, 12-21.

Le Blanc, L.A., Coates, A.M., Daneshvar, S., Charlop-Christy, M.H., Morris, C., & Lancaster, B. (2003). Using video modeling and reinforcement to teach perspective-taking to children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 253-257.

Publications by Chisato Komatsu, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Okajima, M., Komatsu, C., & Harai, H. (2008). [Obsessive compulsive disorder]. In K. Uchiyama & Y. Sakano (Eds.), [Techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Clinical Settings]. Tokyo: Nippon-Hyoro-Sha.

Komatsu, C., & Witt, J. C. (2006). Assessing Effects of Directive Complexity on Accuracy of Task Completion in English Language Learners, School Psychology Review, 35, 552-567.

Conference Presentations and Posters by AST Staff
Antecedent Interventions for Treating Feeding Problems in Young Children with Autism and Related Disabilities. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Further Evaluation of the Efficacy of Mastery Criteria Used in ABA-Based Programs for Children Diagnosed with Autism. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Effects of Self-management Treatment Packages on Behavior Reduction and Skill Acquisition: A Review of Recent Literature. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Using a Systematic Desensitization Procedure Package for Reducing Phobia in Auditory Stimuli in Children with Autism During Home-Based Intervention. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Evaluating Outcomes for Group Social Skills Instruction for Children with Autism. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Embedding ABA Methods into a Summer Camp for Children with Autism. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Targeting Appropriate Goals for the Treatment of Adults with Autism. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Early Preparation of Individuals with Autism for Independent Adult Functioning. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Parent Training for Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Autism. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2012)

Self-stimulatory behaviors as a form of reinforcement. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Washington, D.C. (2011)

Using environmental arrangements and a break area to decrease challenging behaviors maintained by four functions for a student with autism. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Washington, D.C. (2011)

Teaching children with autism to tact private events. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Washington, D.C. (2011)

Training school personnel to implement positive behavior support plans. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference, Washington, D.C. (2011)

Demand fading with reinforcement to increase consumption of non-preferred foods. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

The use of self-management and delayed reinforcement to reduce maladaptive behavior in a 14-Year Old Autistic Boy. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Teaching Parents to Utilize Systematic Desensitization to Increase a Child with Autism’s Ability to Access Community Restrooms. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Case Study: Using Self Management to Reduce “Tic” behaviors. Symposium held at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Training School Personnel to Implement Positive Behavior Support Plans. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Comparison of PECS and Sign Language: The Acquisition of Mands for a Child with Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

An Evaluation of the Differential Effects of Caregiver and Therapist on the Function of Aggressive Behavior in a Child Diagnosed with Autistic Disorder. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Effect of Performance Feedback in In-Home Settings On Appropriate Tone and Audibility of Speech of Children with Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Using the Parent as the Experimenter in Home-Based Functional Analyses: Advantages and Limitations in Application. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Using Video Modeling to Teach Functional Living Skills for an Elementary Age Child With Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

A Parent Education Program to Further Enhance the Developmental Growth of Infants At-Risk for Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Do Stimulant Medications For ADHD Enhance Learning? A Test of the Incremental Repeated Acquisition of Responses Procedure With Adults Who Benefit From Medication. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

Video Modeling. Workshop held at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010) Perspective Taking. Symposium held at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 36th Annual Convention. San Antonio, Texas. (2010)

A Parent Education Program to Further Enhance the Developmental Growth of Infants At-Risk for Autism. Poster presented at the annual autism conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis. Chicago, Illinois. (2010)

A Transition Support Model from Home-Based ABA to School-Based Services for Children with Autism. Paper presented at the annual western regional conference of the California Association for Behavior Analysis. Dana Point, California. (2005)

A Parent Education Program for Stimulating Infants at Risk for Developmental Disabilities. Paper presented at the annual western regional conference of the California Association for Behavior Analysis. Dana Point, California. (2005)

Practical Issues in Implementing an ABA Program at Home and School. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Autism Society of America-Los Angeles. Los Angeles. (2005)

Including Peers to Increase Social and Play Skills for Children with Autism in School Settings. Symposium presented at the International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Reno, NV. (2006)

Symposium presented at the annual western regional conference of the California Association for Behavior Analysts. San Francisco, California. (2006)

Improving social skills during recess using peer mediation strategies. Hawaii International Conference in Education.

(2007) Improving social interactions between children with autism using a time delay procedure. Hawaii International Conference in Education. (2007)

Increasing appropriate social play initiations between children with autism and non-disabled peers using peer mediation and self-management. Hawaii International Conference in Education. (2007)

Parent education program for stimulating infants at risk for autism: Another look. Paper presented at the international conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis. San Diego, California. (2007)

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