Dr. Neely extended her work in the treatment of problem behavior to focus on a pre-emptive intervention for infants and toddlers at-risk for ASD. Recent advances in early detection via screeners (e.g., Autism Observation Scale for Infants; Bryson, Zwaigenbaum, McDermott, Rombough, & Brian, 2008) and medical evaluations (e.g., electroencephalogram; Bosl et al., 2018) facilitates a remarkable opportunity to attempt to improve the trajectory of child development by intervening early – even before an official diagnosis can be made. This project is ongoing but the team has presented multiple conference presentations regarding the preliminary results. Dr. Neely's major contributions to this work is in designing and implementing the part of the intervention focused on treating emerging problem behavior. The treatment consists of two key components:
Meet our Team!
Project PLAAY is lead by Dr. Leslie Neely along with her amazing team of graduate students. These students are all enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at UTSA under Project EARLY. They specialize in early identification and treatment of young children diagnosed with or at-risk for autism in both clinical and educational settings.
Please note that this work was supported in whole or part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the THECB.