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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA is a set of therapeutic approaches that are evidence-based and have been proven effective for treating core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The principles and methods of behavior analysis have been applied effectively in many circumstances to develop a wide range of skills. ABA addressed skills such as communication, social, adaptive, and behavioral. ABA can work in conjunction with other services such as speech, OT, and PT. All methods used in ABA are structured and data-driven to teach socially significant new skills and address maladaptive behavior(s). A few methods include verbal behavior, natural environment teaching, and intensive teaching trials. Verbal Behavior teaches communication and language by connecting words with their purposes. VB teaches children why words are used and how they are useful in making requests in communication. Natural Environment Teaching is used when skills are taught or generalized within the natural environment, rather than in a more formal teaching setting, making use of immediate interests and activities in that environment. ITT is the use of a positive reinforcer for response that is completely unrelated to the reinforcer. ITT involves the instructor and student working together, often at a table or desk, but can be implemented anywhere.

The Verbal Behavior Approach

The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders book written by Mary Barbera and Tracy Rasmussen.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Their mission is to provide leadership, in partnership with others, to prevent disability, build resilience in individuals and their communities, and facilitate recovery for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, intellectual disability or other developmental disability, or substance abuse.

Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Kelly O’Leary Center (TKOC) is helps individuals with autism and their families by providing a state-of-the-art diagnostic program, treatment services and support services.

Behavior Analysis Certification Board

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.

National Autism Center

The National Autism Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities.

Families with ASD

Families with ASD’s mission is to provide a safe, welcoming environment where individuals with autism and their families can participate in social and life skills programs designed to promote autism awareness, personal well-being, educational opportunities, and encourage independence.

Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati

The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati’s mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism by providing information and referral services, support groups, community outings, and educational programs throughout the tristate region.

Dayton Autism Society

The Dayton Autism Society is a non-profit organization serves families from the greater Miami Valley and an estimated 8,000 families living with autism. The Dayton Autism Society exists to advocate for, support, and educate families living with autism.

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn book by Sally J. Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, and Laurie A. Vismara, PhD.