Behavior Analysts, Inc. will release a revised version of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R). The protocol and guide are two books that can help parents and educators with the process of identifying specific skills that should be the focus of intervention for a child with language delays. ABLLS also helps to determine IFSP/IEP goals and next steps.
A most interesting article by Dr. Mulick, a well respected autism professional. He touches on the fact that most educational treatment models that have some success actually incorporate ABA. The "red envelop pushers" out there are the ones that say "my model will recover your child" or "you must come to us to learn our model." The issue at hand is not which model, but what principals and science driven procedures do you use. Those can be had for free through the field of ABA.
Who Has the Corner on Autism Treatment?
By Dr. James A. Mulick
A very well hidden secret: POAC actually has a 1 hour short video of Dr. Carbone on the internet for free! This is a nice preview of what you will see for the Carbone workshop put on by FEAT of Oregon in November (Carbone Workshop).
A new web company based in Canada, www.specialkidsresource.com, is catering to parents of children with autism. Of special interest is their flashcard set now on sale for $89 plus shipping. FEAT of Oregon received a complimentary set of the cards and was pleased to find that it contained many much-needed cards lacking in the Language Builder set ($150).
It is a fancy term for teaching and there is a method to the madness. Yes, it can take up to 6 month to a year to be proficient, but many find that after learning the techniques and understanding the principals, you can apply ABA anywhere in your life.
Plus, children with autism (and many other cognitive disabilities) learn.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior and learning that began even before the work of B.F. Skinner over 70 years ago. Skinner taught us that learning can be accelerated by arranging the learning environment and consequences of behavior in classrooms. Teachers or parents who actively work to organize the learning environments of their students to accelerate learning are more effective than those teachers who instead rely on the student to organize his environment.