A Systematic Review of Applied Behavior Analytic Interventions for Children with Autism in Mainland China

Abstract

Applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based intervention is typically utilized to support children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which has been widely used across the world. However, little is known about the current extent of the utilization of applied behavior analysis for children with autism in China. This paper provides a systematic review on the ABA-based intervention studies conducted in Mainland China. Studies published in Chinese and English journals were included, and 35 empirical studies qualified for the selection criteria were analyzed. The results suggest that the Chinese ABA-based programs are generally effective. Among the overall publications on the ABA-based intervention, there is a limited number of empirical studies, but this type of studies increases in recent years. In addition, one characteristic of the Chinese programs is that parental involvement is emphasized. The review also reveals the wide use of non-behavioral eclectic methods and the limit in the experimental design in some Chinese studies. The implications of these findings for research and practice are discussed.

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The project was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2018A030310094). The initial research reported here was conducted as part requirement for the Ph.D. degree of the first author under the supervision of the second author. This work was then updated and cooperated with the third, fourth, and fifth authors.

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Liao, Y., Dillenburger, K., He, W. et al. A Systematic Review of Applied Behavior Analytic Interventions for Children with Autism in Mainland China. Rev J Autism Dev Disord 7, 333–351 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-020-00196-w

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