Guest Editor - Autism Recovery: Does it Work?
This special issue of the Shriver Center's on line journal, Leadership Perspectives in Developmental Disability, was edited by James A. Mulick, Ph.D. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the MCHB-funded LEND program at the University of North Carolina in the mid-1970s (when the programs were still located in "University Affiliated Facilities" and were called "University Affiliated Programs in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities"). He taught in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Northeastern University and served as Chief Psychologist at the Shriver Center in the late-70s, and then directed the Psychology Department and was Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator at the Child Development Center at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University in the first half of the 1980s. At present, he is a tenured Professor in Pediatrics and Psychology at the Ohio State University and maintains collaborative and teaching relations with faculty in the LEND program at OSU's Nisonger Center.
Work on this special issue of Leadership Perspectives in Developmental Disability was motivated by the keen interest among parents of toddlers with autistic spectrum disorders in the possibility of recovery or rapid developmental progress with early intensive behavioral treatment (EIBI). Professor Mulick has specialized in the early detection and behavioral treatment of development disorders for most of his career. His interests in the possibility of early cognitive stimulation through direct instructional intervention was spurred by the growing number of reports of success with behavioral treatment throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s. The entire issue of recoverability, however, remains controversial. The articles in this issue will be sure stimulate interest and thought among the leaders in developmental disability services and research.
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