Posts Tagged ‘ABA’

Keeping It Together When Faced with an Autism Diagnosis

Your child has been diagnosed with Autism…now what? Many parents feel as though they are finally able to answer some of the questions they have had regarding their child, but still feel confused, overwhelmed, and frightened about what to do next. Parents are their child’s best advocate and have...

Evidence-Based Practice for Very Young Children with Autism: Delivering Family-Centered Services within a Community Programs

Evidence from randomized controlled trials supports the efficacy of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions (NDBIs; Schreibman et al., 2015) for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM; Rogers & Dawson, 2010) and Early Social...

Integrating ABA into Practice: Addressing the Misconceptions

The past few decades has seen drastic changes to the field of autism, at least in part due to changes in the defining characteristics/diagnostic criteria for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).1 As a result of increasingly inclusive criteria, professionals in fields such as psychiatry, medicine,...

Applied Behavior Analysis as an Intervention for Individuals with Autism: Reflections on 35 years of Evolution

It is difficult to find the words that best describe the evolution of autism treatment over the past 35 years. The science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) has changed substantially over the last 35 years. In 1980, autism was considered to be a low incidence disorder that was not as well...

Two Case Studies of Success Using ABA to Increase Independence for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

“I had a doctor finally help me with my head, and now I feel so much better. I got glasses when I needed them. I couldn’t have a job before because I was always in the hospital. Now I can get a job.” These are the words of a 36-year-old woman transformed. A woman who 8 months ago had a future...

From Crisis to Competence – ABA Used to Improve Communication Skills in Developmental Center

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science wherein procedures, based on basic principles, are applied to important matters of everyday life in order to help individuals increase functional skills, while decreasing problematic ones (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007.) Most notably, ABA has been...

Building Comprehensive, ABA-Informed Services in an Adult Residential Setting

Throughout the United States, services for school-aged children with Autism have been bolstered by IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Of the services IDEA has made available, those informed by the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) are gaining broad recognition as the...

ABA / Autism Insurance Coverage: Mandates and Self-Insured Companies

Let me start out by saying that I am trained as a Behavior Analyst. Following my coursework and practicum experience, I had a solid foundation to begin my career working with individuals with various diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My training however was focused, and...

Self-Reinforcing My Own Behavior Plan

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is scientific approach that involves using modern behavioral learning theories to modify overt behaviors. As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, this is a theory that I find useful to practice in my own life. It is extremely challenging to self-reinforce my own...

Strengthening Community Engagement with Vocational Training and Employment for Young Adults with Autism

We want our students with autism to be able to answer the question, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Employment provides a sense of belonging, improved quality of life, community inclusion, and a paycheck. Historically, however, employment rates for adults with autism are low. As...