PCDI struggled to find its footing in its first few years. Remarkably, several members of the Board of Trustees held fast to their commitment to establishing a science-based behavioral intervention model. In 1975 the board hired two doctoral-level behavior analysts, Lynn McClannahan and Patricia Krantz, as executive directors. This decision would have a profound impact upon PCDI, and change the nature of autism intervention across the globe.
The Institute’s beginnings were quite humble. There was little money, a modest rental space for a classroom, a few staff members, no formal curriculum and children needs that had not been effectively addressed.
The needs of our students, and the innovative ideas of PCDI’s staff of science practitioners led to a body of research and educational practices that have influenced intervention for people with autism across the world.
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