How Does Senate Bill 946 Affect Individuals With Autism In California?

Senate Bill 946, passed by the State Assembly and the State Senate on September 9th, 2011 and signed by Governor Brown and filed with the Secretary of State on October 9th, 2011 is a monumental step for individuals with Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) in California. The new law takes effect on July 1st, […]

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Why Does ABA Help Children With Autism?

Why is Applied Behavior Analysis treatment helpful when teaching children with autism?  What is it about these principles and techniques that seem to be a good fit in helping improve the lives of those affected with autism? These are very important questions to ask and their answers are imperative to understanding why individuals with autism […]

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Does Research Show That ABA is Successful In Treating Children With Autism?

Yes. Since the early 1960s, the effectiveness of ABA based interventions has been well documented, particularly when helping children with developmental disabilities. Over 400 research articles were published between 1964 and 1970 alone and they all concluded that behavior analytic interventions demonstrated the most consistent results with individuals with developmental disabilities. From the mid ‘80’s […]

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? An elaboration.

Applied Behavior Analysis is the applied science of behavior formalized by B.F. Skinner. It is sometimes referred to as Behavior Modification, ABA, or Behavior Analysis. The theories, laws, and techniques have their foundations in years of basic research and describe some of the most fundamental things we know about behavior. Some early influences on the […]

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What Kinds Of Behavior Are Behavior Analysts Interested In?

Behavior Analysts believe there are two types of behavior.  The first is voluntary behavior or what is known as Operant behavior. This is the kind of behavior that we are primarily concerned with when it comes to helping children with autism as it is the type of behavior that can be influenced or learned as […]

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How is Applied Behavior Analysis Different From Psychology?

In general, Behavior Analysis does not concern itself with mental states or inner thoughts when it comes to describing why we behave the way we do. Rather than focusing on “the mind,” behavior analysts look at behaviors, or in other words, what we do, as a consequence of things that happened previously. Simply put, we […]

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What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?

Behavior Analysis is a theory with principles and laws that are derived from research. All of the practices in Applied Behavior Analysis are derrived from basic research. When such principles and laws are put into practice, it is said that behavior analysis is being applied, thus the term APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS or ABA for short. Simply […]

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Treating Children with Autism…Individualization

Here is one critical component to treating children with autism: All programs must be individualized. Autism is a spectrum disorder and that means that there are a lot of differences in the characteristics that each individual may have. Also, each child has their own unique biology and their own unique learning history. A good program […]

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