Public Policy Agenda - Severe Challenging Behavior

Autism New Jersey is acutely aware of the service gap that exists for children and adults who experience challenging behavior. We are strongly advocating for a statewide adoption of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment approach and an increase in existing program capacity to support families more effectively.


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Severe Challenging Behavior Survey Results

Recently, Autism New Jersey conducted a survey to assess the needs of parents of children and adults with severe challenging behaviors.  There were 171 respondents, with representation from the entire state of New Jersey.  Our full report will be posted soon.

A composite of the survey results show the typical individual is:

  • 16 year old male
  • Lives at home with family
  • Is aggressive, non-compliant, self-injurious and/or destructive
  • Exhibits these behaviors on a daily basis
  • Is currently not improving
  • Participation in social and family events is very limited. 

Some report highlights:

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Free Webinar: Producing Meaningful Improvements in Problem Behavior of Persons with Autism

This webinar is hosted and sponsored by Autism New Jersey as part of Autism Society of San Francisco’s Virtual Symposium on Severe Behaviors.   Access the archived webinar below

Presented by:

Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Professor of Psychology
Director, Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program, Western New England University  

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Unfortunately, often individuals with severe challenging behavior end up in local emergency rooms. 

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