MAC Research 2016

This case study examined disabilities that are mistaken for autism or co-exist with autism.

Autism, Sensory Integration, Self-Regulation, Apraxia, and Hearing Loss: In and Out of the Spectrum

Marilyn Arons, M.S., and Raymond Arons, Dr. P.H.


This case study examined disabilities that are mistaken for autism or co-exist with autism. It presents a literature review, neuroscience principles, school evaluations, independent testing and 53 MAC lesson plans designed for this 5-6 year old boy. Data from his three year regression in his preschool program is provided, the child having neither a language system nor self-regulation by age 5. Upon entrance to MAC he received co-teaching from a sign language instructor and a special education teacher specializing in sensory integration techniques and play-based instruction. All sessions were videotaped for analysis. Formative and summative assessments were made at 5 months and 10 months into the program. Data demonstrated that the child developed sign language and oral language systems, as well as self-regulation by the 11th month. Discussion includes a current international debate regarding the inappropriate definition of autism by the American Psychiatric Association, and the inappropriate use of Applied Behavior Analysis for children with sensory processing disorders, either separately or with autism.

The case study can be purchased on

Jack: A Case Study Autism Sensory Integration, Self Regulation, Apraxia and Hearing Loss: In and Out of The Spectrum

MAC September Meeting

A MAC meeting will be held in Fort Lee on 9/22/16 to present this research paper. All those involved with autism, both parents and professionals, are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. Parents of the child who is the focus of the paper will be available for questions and answers. Check the Events Calendar for details.