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The resources provided here are from a variety of reputable researchers and experts within the Autism Community on the subject of Applied Behavior Analysis.
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- A Brief Explanation of Discrete Trail Training- Discrete trial training is a method for providing intervention to individuals along the autism spectrum. This article elaborates on the four distinct parts of discrete trial training and emphasizes its importance regarding early intervention.
- Applied Behavior Analysis: A Focus on Outcomes - This articles focuses on the definition and promotion of applied behavior analysis used to treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
- Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatment: Accurate and Effective Dissemination of information- This document is directed towards anybody who is in the field of applied behavior analysis. The article was written by a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and provides a set of guidelines all ABA professionals should follow. The goals of the article are to bring about conformity in all those who claim to be behavior analysts.
- Applied Behavior Analysis What is it?- This article briefly describes several different aspects of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The article explains some of the general challenges of ABA therapy, the components of a discrete trial, and home setting vs. school setting for ABA intervention.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) - This pamphlet defines applied behavior analysis and how it is utilized in a variety of different fields. The brochure describes how ABA can be used for all individuals and how it is not a solely a direct treatment for autism.
- Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis: Board Certified Behavior Analyst- This document will be of interest to anyone who has questions about becoming a certified behavior analyst. The article includes information on the education necessary to become a certified behavior analyst, where to go to receive that education, and what to expect when entering the job market. The text also includes a profile of an ABA professional.
- Consequences, Behavior, and My Birds- This interesting article describes four types of consequences through the relationship of the author and her birds. The four types of consequences described in this article are positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment. The goal of this text is to demonstrate to parents how consequence shapes behavior.
- Consumer Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders - This thorough article provides all of the necessary considerations parents should make when deciding to implement ABA services for their child on the autism spectrum. The report discusses the training and qualifications necessary to become a director of ABA services, and questions to ask of ABA service professionals regarding their expertise and availability.
- Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Interventions: What Parents Need to Know- This document explores the inappropriate behaviors that are common for individuals with varying forms of learning disabilities. The text provides context of why individuals exhibit certain behaviors and discusses the different behavior intervention strategies that exist to help children.
- Increasing the Vocal Responses of Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities Using Manual Sign Mand Training and Prompt Delay- This study describes how the use of mands and prompt delays had a positive effect on the vocal abilities of those that participated in the study. The article goes into detail about what mands are and what prompt delay is and how they were used in conjunction with one another to increase vocal responses. According to the article all participants showed increases in vocal responses following the implementation of the independent variables.
- Intensive Early Intervention using Behavior Therapy is the Single Most Widely Accepted Treatment for Autism- This extensive article draws from over 300 resources to confirm that Intensive Early Intervention using Behavior Therapy is the only extensively researched and validated form of treatment of autism. The article includes several quotes from major health advocacy groups praising the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis.
- Observing Behavior Using A-B-C Data- This article provides a helpful reference for anybody interested in ABC data collection. ABC refers to Antecedent (the circumstances that occur before a behavior), Behavior, and Consequences (the action that follows the behavior). The main focus of this article is the consequence portion of ABC.
- Replicating Lovaas’ Treatment and Findings: Preliminary Results- This article addresses the results of a replication of a study of the 1987 research published by Lovaas. The two treatment groups in this study were known as “Clinic Directed” and “Parent Directed”. The document includes several tables that illustrate pretreatment and one year results and the changes in IQ after one year of treatment.
- Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis- This 1968 article, from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, describes in great detail the different aspects of ABA. The article goes so far as to define, in great length, the three words that make up ABA: Applied, Behavior, and Analysis. Other aspects of ABA are discussed, such as technological, generality, and effective.
- Teaching Empathy Skills to Children with Autism- One of the biggest skill sets absent from individuals with ASD is the ability to feel empathy towards others. The study attempts to teach this basic skill set to 4 children with autism. Teaching children with ASD empathy is important because it enhances their ability to engage in other positive social behaviors.
- The Benefits of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior for Children with Autism- This article explains how verbal behavior therapy greatly benefits children with autism. The text explains the different goals of verbal behavior therapy and how developing accurate language skills in children with autism are the main goal because it opens the doors to a variety of other therapy options.
- The Long Good-Bye: Why B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior is Alive and Well on the 50th Anniversary of its Publication- This article discusses the advancements and progress of verbal behavior and behaviorism. The subject of the article focuses on a 1959 review that almost caused “the death” of behaviorism and how it has been resurrected for use in today’s world more than ever. The article discusses the different applications and functions of verbal behavior and behavior analysis of today.