What Is ABA? ABA is “…the process of applying sometimes tentative principles of behavior to the improvement of specific behaviors, and simultaneously evaluating whether or not any changes noted are indeed attributed to the process of application.” Baer, Wolf, & Risley, (1968) Baer and his colleagues suggested that in order for research to qualify as … [Read more...] about New Project ACCESS Fact Sheet: What Is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?
How to Teach Tolerance of an Integrated Setting Sudden and untaught integration is seldom a successful experience for the disabled student or for peers and staff. Once the student fails in an integrated activity, it is extremely difficult to convince administration and fellow teachers to try again. However, integration behaviors can be taught systematically and … [Read more...] about Integrating Through Reverse Chaining
Though transition is typically conceptualized as movement from education to work, transition in the larger sense is movement from context to context. Because people with significant disabilities experience difficulties in every transitional situation, instruction in transitioning is an educational priority. A transitioning instruction plan should be developed for such students … [Read more...] about Transition for Continuity and Employability
Wade is a bright young man who has received an excellent education. However, he has not been able to find employment or make friends because of his difficulties in reading other's body language and responding appropriately. Wade says, "I took language in school, but they never taught me to listen with my eyes and talk with my body." For many individuals with autism, the … [Read more...] about Body Talk: Learning To Speak Nonverbal Language
Nothing is more central to the development of a functional education program than longitudinal planning. This is true for students with autism or any developmental disability. The ultimate educational goal for a student with autism is to produce a clear thinking, employable, independent, socially competent adult. It is important to keep these goals in mind when determining the … [Read more...] about Life Referenced Curriculum for Students with Autism