With a prevalence rate of between 2 and 6 per 1,000 individuals, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are increasingly prominent in today's society. Spreading knowledge of the various ASD disorders in the medical community, along with ever more accurate diagnostic tools, have lead to an increasing number of diagnoses of ASDs. The increased focus on these disorders has, in turn, spurred a flurry of treatment methods in recent years. This article provides an overview of the behavioral method of treatment for ASD. In addition, the Inner Health Ministries Model is introduced, a Christ-centered treatment program for High Functioning ASD that uses research-based interventions. As an exemplar of this model, an overview of the Building Behaviors treatment program is presented, along with program evaluation data gathered during a Building Behaviors 5-day treatment camp.

Author(s): Cara Marker, Magdalena Weeks & Irene Kraegel

Journal: Psychology and Christianity

Date: 2007

Volume: 26

Issue: 2

Pages: 112-121


Databased: Yes

Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Categories: Individuals with disabilities