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$133,000 SETTLEMENT TO MISSOURI PARENTS IN ABA-AUTISM CASE
Daniel Asbury is six years old. He also has autism. After two years in the school district's self-contained preschool program, Daniel made only two months of "progress."
Daniel's parents, Michael and Kathryn Asbury, decided to do some research on programs that have a better track record. They learned about Applied Behavioral Analysis. Later, Daniel's parents developed an ABA program for their son.
In ABA therapy programs, the autistic child receives intensive one-on-one therapy, six hours a day, seven days a week, for two to three years.
After 11 months of therapy, Daniel made 46 months of progress in communication skills. When his parents asked the district to continue the ABA program, the district refused.
Daniel's parents filed suit against the Special School District of St. Louis. They claimed that the district failed to provide Daniel with an appropriate education - and that Daniel was damaged by the district's inappropriate program.