Absolutely. And so we get this question a lot, and it's actually a very commonly misunderstood issue. There isn't a lot of long-term between groups design outcome research that shows large global benefits for individuals with autism and cognitive disabilities. The standard 30 to 40 hour week for two years or more, kids with significant cognitive disabilities and autism are not necessarily going to have the same outcomes from that overall treatment model.
Yes, perspective taking is highly teachable. The ABA approach to perspective taking is to treat it like any other skill. It's a cognitive skill, which means it's complex and confusing, but it's still something that you learn in your lifetime as an individual, if you know how to do it. If you don't know how to do it, you can be taught how to do it. And a lot of folks on the autism spectrum don't necessarily learn to be good at perspective taking without direct instruction on it. And frankly, a lot of typically developing folks don't either.
It works for any age. If you think about it, ABA, as a science is used with all different populations, not just autism or developmental disabilities. And it's used to teach things and it's used to change behavior. So absolutely it can be used. We've used it in many different sites with adults with developmental disabilities. There's tons of research out there of individual studies showing using ABA is effective for reducing challenging behavior and teaching adaptive skills.