Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spotlight on ABA

Spotlight #1 is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

The area of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has its origin from the work of B.F. Skinner in the 1930's. ABA works on the principles that the environment can influence actions. A practical technique is rewards can encourage a particular behavior being repeated. ABA is an Autism Light Spotlight because of how it is making a difference in the lives of people with autism.

The following is a video featuring case studies of success in ABA treatment that was produced by The Pennsylvania Department of Education as part of the PaTTAN Autism Initiative.

Autism Speaks has an excellent article on their website of how ABA relates to autism. You can find it at

ABA therapy has been proven to be a helpful treatment for many people with autism. Behavior Consulting of Tampa Bay has an excellent online article showing research on the effectiveness of ABA at

The following Autism Lights have or are making contributions to ABA.  You can view their post by clicking on the link attached to their name.
  • Smita Awasthi is the first Board Certified Behavioral Analyst in India. She is President of Behavior Momentum in India. She was Autism Light #117.
  • Dr. Vince Carbone is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and is the Director of the Carbone Clinic in New York. He was Autism Light #5. 
  • Laura Cook is the President of the Pacific Autism Center which uses ABA. She is Autism Light #121.
  • Ann D. Eldridge is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and President and Clinical Services Director of the South Carolina Early Autism Project, Inc. She was Autism Light #72.
  • Barry and Judith Nelson are co-founders of the Victory School for Autism and Behavioral Challenges. The school uses ABA principles. They were Autism Lights #11. 
  • Special Learning, Inc. is the largest web portal for diverse ABA resources on the Internet. They were Autism Light #123. 
  • Dr. Carl Sundberg is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and Executive Director of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Indiana. He was Autism Light #94. 
All posts with the ABA label attached can be viewed in chronological order by searching the blog based on the ABA label.

For more information on Applied Behavior Analsys visit their Wikipedia Page.

This spotlight topic was originally published on November 27, 2011. It will be updated as warranted.

This post went into syndication on Autisable

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