Public Policy Priority:  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.

Survey Results

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.

A composite of the survey results shows 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