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Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis is endorsed by the US Surgeon General, The American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. This scientifically proven treatment is intensive and individualized therapy useful for gains in all developmental areas including social, language, and behavioral.

Problems with sleep are commonly experienced by individuals who have autism and other developmental disabilities. The majority of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have at least one sleep problem (Park et al., 2012).
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Social deficits and impairments are a common feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (Dogan, King, Fischetti, Lake, Mathews, and Warzak, 2017; and Thompson, 2015). With these deficits acquisition of social skills can be a prolonged process. It can also cause worry for families and caretakers that their loved one may not be able to develop personal relationships in the future. Some examples of social difficulty are initiating interactions, responding to initiation, maintaining eye contact, sharing common hobbies and enjoyment, reading nonverbal cues, taking perspective, understanding and using speech prosody and non-literal language (White, Keonig, and Scahill, 2006). This can seem like a daunting list, but there are empirically validated interventions that have yielded positive results in increasing social skills (Peters and Thompson, 2015; Dogan et. al, 2017).

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ABA Treatment: One for All and All for One

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The experience of starting ABA treatment with all it entails brings a world of new opportunities both for the family seeking treatment as well as the BCBA providing services. A new patient brings the BCBA the opportunity to build rapport with the patient as well as their family, the excitement of having the opportunity to learn what makes that individual tick and the potential to experience the gratification of all the small successes that will lead the patient to increased independence and growth.
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Basic Steps for Mand Training

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The number of children diagnosed with some type of childhood disorder is in the millions. Along with other delays, communication is an area that has a significant impact on children with autism. Because of these deficits some children fail to acquire age appropriate speech skills, some are unable to speak at all and others can manage a few words or develop a 'jargon' of their own that cannot be understood by people around them aside from their immediate family.
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Behavior Analysis and Data

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Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to studying and changing behavior. Data collection is the foundation of science.

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What is Verbal Behavior?

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Verbal Behavior (VB) is one of the many branches under the family of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Just like ABA, VB is also derived from the philosophy of behaviorism, utilizes the basic scientific methodology for research, and is concerned with the improvement of an individual's educationally and socially significant behaviors.

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  • Kellie Primus
    Kellie Primus says #
    Hello, I have an 8 year old with severe learning disabilities, especially language. Verbal behavioral therapy has been recommended
  • Stasia Fritz
    Stasia Fritz says #
    Dr. Lee, Thank you for the straight-forward information in your post! What a great source for educators and parents. Can you now l
  • Audrey Borges
    Audrey Borges says #
    I enjoyed your post, Dr. Lee. It's a fascinating look at verbal behavior.
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5 Misconceptions About ABA

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What are your thoughts about ABA? There are an abundance of misconceptions about applied behavior analysis (ABA), and of course there are also the facts. No worries; I'm going to tell you about both.

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    LD says #
    Kisha- I cannot speak for the ESDM program, but I am recently enrolled in graduate school pursuing my masters to become a board c
  • Amanda N. Kelly
    Amanda N. Kelly says #
    Thank you for this post. Behaviorbabe.com also has 15 Common Misconceptions about applied behavior analysis: http://www.behaviorb
  • Audrey Borges
    Audrey Borges says #
    You're very welcome. I enjoyed writing it, and I'll definitely check out your website.
  • Amanda N. Kelly
    Amanda N. Kelly says #
    I update the site monthly. Let me know if there's something you would like to suggest I add. I will add a link to your post on m
  • Kisha Wilson
    Kisha Wilson says #
    Hi, I wanted to know why insurance companies feel that intensive behavioral therapy/applied behavioral analysis (ABA) including Ea
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Science and/or Practice: Is it Important?

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The title of this obviously is not a question that we hear in medicine or engineering. So why is that question ever heard in practice settings of psychologists, teachers, or behavior analysts?

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  • Angela Bishop, BCBA
    Angela Bishop, BCBA says #
    Great post, it makes me realize how hard we have to work to make sure that we are taking a scientific approach in all aspects of o
  • Dr. Randall, BCBA-D
    Dr. Randall, BCBA-D says #
    Don, I cannot express how much I appreciate this post. I am a scientist practitioner, thats what UNT trained me to be! I will not
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What is ABA?

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Do you like to reward yourself? I know I do. A hot, foamy latte sounds good right now, but first, I have to tell you about ABA. Perhaps I can enjoy one afterward because it would be very reinforcing to me.

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  • Vancouver psychologist
    Vancouver psychologist says #
    First of all thanks Audrey for sharing with us such valuable information.You write so well keep it up.
  • Audrey Borges
    Audrey Borges says #
    Thank you for all the support! I look forward to writing more.
  • Don Williams
    Don Williams says #
    Audrey does a great job and a real service in writing her blog. She hits the nail on the head.
  • Dr. Dom
    Dr. Dom says #
    I always bring parents and staff back to the basic building blocks of the ABC's of ABA! If they truly grasp the power of being abl
  • Amy Veenendaal
    Amy Veenendaal says #
    Audrey, I love the personality and information you brought to this entry! Great work! I look forward to reading more of your posts
  • Diana Melgar
    Diana Melgar says #
    Great Job Audrey!! Very informative! Keep it up
  • Jack Cravy
    Jack Cravy says #
    She's doing a fantastic job! Go Audrey!
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