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Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis

The foundation of behavior modification was outlined by B.F. Skinner in his dissertation, Behavior of Organisms (1938). Dr. Skinner’s critical research set the stage for our current science of Applied Behavior Analysis. The application of this science to children with autism was brought to the attention of the public by the groundbreaking work of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas in his paper, Behavioral Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children (1987) which described the effects of early intensive behavioral intervention on children with autism. At Robinson Center for Learning, we focus on the intensive application of Applied Behavior Analysis by:

  • Identifying Each Learner's Skill Excesses and Deficits
  • Focusing on the Acquisition of Language and Functional Communication
  • Developing Highly Individualized Curriculum for Each Learner
  • Replacing Challenging Behaviors with Functional Behaviors
  • Assessing Progress via Data Collection and Analysis
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Lovaas, O. I. (1987). Behavioral treatment and normal educational and intellectual functioning in young autistic children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55, 3–9.

McEachin, J. J., Smith, T., & Lovaas, O. I. (1993). Long-term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 97, 359–372.

Sallows, G.O., & Graupner, T.D., (2005) Intensive behavioral treatment for children with autism: Four-year outcome and predictors. American Journal on Mental Retardation: November 2005, Vol. 110, No. 6, pp. 417-438.