Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a one-on-one behavioral modification teaching method which incorporates teaching the child how to imitate in order to learn language and behave appropriately by using a reward system. Hopefully, the child will generalize their language skills and what they have been taught into their daily living. This methodology was first introduced to children with autism in the 1960s and 1970s by Ivar Lovaas, PhD. Although it was an innovative method of teaching compared to the earlier treatments for autism, it still carried over many negative overtones. By the early 1990s, Catherine Maurice wrote the book “Let me Hear Your Voice”. In her book, she described the amazing recovery of her daughter and progress of her son, both with autism, by using a new version of ABA that was having more positive outcomes. Brigitte Taylor, PhD, the therapist for these two children, subsequently started the Alpine School in New Jersey in the mid-1990s. Since then, there have been many versions of ABA such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Errorless Learning (EL), and the Direct Teaching Method (DTM). Many schools incorporate ABA into their classroom teaching. Many private schools are strictly ABA focused and many parents hire a trained ABA specialist to oversee their home programs.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Description: The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is one of the world's largest organizations using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
Applied Behavioral Strategies
Description: This website will provide you with what ABA is and the basics of the ABA method.
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Forum/Blog Name: The Cutest Blog on the Block
Description: A thorough representation of Applied Behavior Analysis written by a provider. ABA terminology, videos, as well as products are offered.
Forum/Blog Name: ABA4Autism
Description: This forum helps parents acquire the skills necessary to experience meaningful social connections, thrive in the community, and enjoy the world around them.
Forum/Blog Name: Verbal Behavior Facebook Group
Description: This site is where parents and professionals can discuss concerns and information of effective Applied Behavior Analysis on children with autism.
Forum/Blog Name: ABA Therapy Ideas and Online Resources for Autism
Description: This group shares ideas, activities, ABA methods, fun printable materials and support each other on this journey!