Barbara Gontarski, M.A.T. BCBA
Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. The field of behavior analysis grew out of the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. ABA develops methods of changing behavior in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings. Examples of these applications include: building the skills and achievements of children in school settings and enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children different kinds of disabilities.
ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.
Below are some resources:
- Tactics for Increasing Compliance (DOCX - 19 KB)
How Parents are Like Toys R Us (PDF - 222 KB)
Matching Treatment to Function (DOC - 33 KB)
April 22, 2014 Powerpoint Presentation (PPTX - 602 KB)
Review the powerpoint presentation on improving behaviors in the home setting!
pdf file: You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7 or higher) to view this file. Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for PC or Macintosh. doc file: You need the Microsoft Word program, a free Microsoft Word viewer, or a program that can import Word files in order to view this file. To learn more about the free Microsoft Word Viewer, visit the Microsoft Word website. docx file: You need the Microsoft Word program, a free Microsoft Word viewer, or a program that can import Word files in order to view this file. To learn more about the free Microsoft Word Viewer, visit the the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. PPTX file: You need Microsoft PowerPoint to view this file. To learn more about the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, visit the the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack.
- Autism Speaks
Lots of resources on diagnosing, first steps, and intervention ideas!
- NJ DOE Positive Behavior Supports
This website is sponsored by the NJ Department of Education as a resource for positive behavior supports in the schools.
- What Works Clearinghouse
This US Dept of Education website has reviewed the research literature and listed what programs or interventions work best!
- Autism Speaks