We provide evidence-based treatment and we contribute to the literature.

Our goal is to identify best practices so we can produce better treatment gains in shorter periods of time. Our study published in the Journal of Research in Developmental Disabilities helped identify the benefits of delivering high-quality behavior analytic treatment by appropriately credentialed professionals (Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005) when compared to less intense, “eclectic” treatments which rely upon a mixture of methods.

We have a special interest in identifying methods that help generate more complex and original complex language that can lead to improved pragmatics (e.g., Fischer, Howard, Sparkman, & Moore, 2009). Current studies focus on improving attending in complex and real-world environments and how to support the development of inferential reasoning and problem-solving.

Boy with Developmental Disability


Howard, J.S., Stanislaw, H., Green, G., Sparkman, C. & Cohen, H.G. (2014). Comparison of behavior analytic and eclectic early interventions for young children with autism after three yearsResearch in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 3326-2244.

Fischer, J.L., Howard, J.S., Sparkman, C.R. & Moore, A.G. (2010). Establishing generalized syntactical responding in young children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 76-88.

Howard, J.S., Sparkman, C.R., Cohen, H.G., Green, G. & Stanislaw, H. (2005). A comparison of intensive behavior analytic and eclectic treatments for young children with autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 26, 359-383.

Young, J.M., Krantz, P.J., McClannahan, L.E. & Poulson C.L. (1994). Generalized imitation in response-class formation in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 27, 85-597.

Recent Presentations

Our staff also regularly present at state, regional, national and international conferences. Recent presentations include:

The Role of Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) in ABA Programs
Jill M. Young, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Coleen Sparkman, M.A., CCC-SLP November 2017 ABAI – Paris, France

Teaching Verbal and Non-verbal Communication Skills to Individuals with ASD
Cynthia Ross-Owens M.A., BCBA October 2017 – Moscow, Russia

Current Dimensions and Treatment Outcomes of Applied Behavior Analysis for Young Children with Autism
Kelli Perry, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Jane S. Howard, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Daniela Fazzio, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Robyn Vasquez, M.S., BCBA -November 2017 ABAI - Paris, France

Current Dimensions and Treatment Outcomes of Applied Behavior Analysis for Young Children with Autism
Jane S. Howard, Ph.D. BCBA-D February 2014 South Korea Association for Behavior Analysis in Special Education - Seoul, South Korea

Case Study: Treatment of Oral Stimulus Tolerance and establishment of Oral Feeding in a Young Child with Autism
Coleen Sparkman, M.A. CCC-SLP, Brittany Nowlin, M.A. BCBA, Chelsea Vander Veen, B.A. BCaBA, September 2014 European Association for Behaviour Analysis - Stockholm, Sweden