WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Skills® for Autism, the web-based software tool designed to develop treatments for children with autism, has been shortlisted for the Learning Technologies Awards 2016 in the category of "Most Innovative New Learning Technologies Product - International." Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161115/439838 Skills® for Autism is a comprehensive online tool that helps educators, mental health clinicians and families to create and implement customized teaching plans for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is the fastest growing neurological disorder worldwide, affecting approximately 1 percent of the global population. With two patents pending, Skills® represents a huge step forward in the field and fills an urgent need for care and educational support for this unique and increasing population. "Being shortlisted for this award is in recognition of the effectiveness and positive impact of the Skills® for Autism tool and the work SKILLS Global has done to improve the lives of children and families affected with autism worldwide," said Eliana Ferreira, CEO of SKILLS Global. "We are honored to receive this recognition and hope the exposure will allow us to help even more families out there." Skills® is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the only treatment shown to produce significant, long-term improvement. Researchers with extensive backgrounds in ABA created Skills® for Autism by integrating over 30 years of scientific study with the latest online technologies. There have been 10 published studies on the effectiveness, efficiency and validity of the Skills® for Autism tool and its content. Skills® for Autism gives guidance and support to educators who might not have advanced training in special needs, parents who are learning ABA to provide complete home programs in under-served areas or to supplement and support their child's learning, and to new therapists in the field. Skills® helps to address the shortage of licensed behavioral care providers and special educators in many areas of the world, by maximizing time spent in treatment as well as supporting more efficient, beneficial care leading to meaningful progress for the child.