What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?
Many people think of applied behavior analysis as intervention for children with autism, discrete trial training, or as mere implementation of positive reinforcement. Yet such associations misrepresent the depth and scope of the science of behavior.
In simple words the science of behavior studies behaviors (actions, skills, language) and how they are affected or controlled by the environment (physical, verbal).
Applied behavior analysis focuses on learning (referred to by professionals as conditioning) and the environmental components (called contingencies) responsible for learning to occur.
For more detailed information on applied behavior analysis and how its principles are implemented in the education of individuals with autism visit Autism Speaks web page or any other organization that sponsors autism research or promotes autism awareness.
For more scientific information about the dimensions of applied behavior analysis refer to the seminal article by Baer, D. M., Wolf, M. M., & Risley, T. R. (1968). Some current dimensions of applied behavior analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1, 91-97
Useful links for parents:
Ramstein Autism Support Group
American Military Families Autism Support (AMFAS) in Kaiserslautern
U.S. Army Medical Department – Exceptional Family Members Program
CAUSE Support Group (Community for Autism Understanding, Support & Education)
ABA resources for US Military families
National and International resources:
Autism Society of America
The Center for Disease Control
National Institute of Mental Health
Autism Network for Dietary Intervention
ABA Therapiezentrum für Autismus und integrative Kindergroßtagespflege – Ratingen
ABA-Autismus Yahoo Gruppe Deutschland
Autismus Deutschland e.V.
Wrightslaw – information about special education laws, IEPs, and advocacy for children with disabilities
U.S. Department of Education – IDEA
Autism-related resources and information
Educational materials and resources:
National Institute for Direct Instruction
Morningside Academy Press
Headsprout On-line Reading
British Council Kid’s On-line Stories
Super Duper Publications
VB Teaching Tools
Different Roads to Learning