Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 307–312 | Cite as

A Program Evaluation of Home and Center-Based Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Dennis R. DixonEmail author
  • Claire O. Burns
  • Doreen Granpeesheh
  • Roshan Amarasinghe
  • Alva Powell
  • Erik Linstead
Brief Practice


The present study aimed to retrospectively compare the relative rates of mastery of exemplars for individuals with ASD (N = 313) who received home-based and center-based services. A between-group analysis found that participants mastered significantly more exemplars per hour when receiving center-based services than home-based services. Likewise, a paired-sample analysis found that participants who received both home and center-based services had mastered 100 % more per hour while at the center than at home. These analyses indicated that participants demonstrated higher rates of learning during treatment that was provided in a center setting than in the participant’s home.


Autism spectrum disorder Applied behavior analysis Center-based services Treatment 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Informed Consent

The data collected for the present study were from a research database of de-identified archived clinical records. As such, the Institution Review Board (IRB00004971) concluded that 45 CFR part 46 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation does not apply.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


This study did not receive external funding.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis R. Dixon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claire O. Burns
    • 1
  • Doreen Granpeesheh
    • 1
  • Roshan Amarasinghe
    • 1
  • Alva Powell
    • 1
  • Erik Linstead
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Autism and Related DisordersWoodland HillsUSA
  2. 2.Chapman University, Schmid College of Science and TechnologyOrangeUSA

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