Administrative Issues Involving Behavioral Approaches in Autism

  • Michael D. Powers
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Administrators and clinicians are becoming more aware that reliable, sophisticated, and effective behavior management technologies often are insufficient to implement and maintain changes in the challenging behavior of individuals with autism. As interventions have moved from highly controlled settings to the community, research and practice have been both expanded and complicated (Rappaport, 1977). Several writers have argued that attention to the organizational system with recognition of the social, cultural, political, and economic forces impacting those in the system is essential (Fisher, 1983; Greenblatt, 1983; Powers & Franks, 1988). Although it seems obvious that scientific inquiries in the applied arena must always be cognizant of these forces, it is more typically the case that such factors are systematically ignored. Sarason (1981) notes that the theories of individual change to which most human service professionals are exposed in their own training are insufficient for developing a coherent theory of systemic change.


Developmental Disability Challenging Behavior Apply Behavior Analysis Behavior Analyst Behavioral Parent Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Powers
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNewington Children’s HospitalNewingtonUSA

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