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Jerry Webster

More on Applied Behavior Analysis

By November 16, 2012

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I'm a big believer in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis.) I have to be, since it is method we are expected to use with our students in Autism programs in the Clark County School District.  But I see it working in my own classroom.   I plan to build and expand my articles on Applied Behavior Analysis for a) Parents who want to understand it better, b) My international audience who do not have training or access to information about ABA and c) Teachers who hope to employ some of the techniques before they get training.

Trust me, I believe in training by qualified practitioners.  Otherwise, I wouldn't be seeking to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis.  On the other hand, I have been using the techniques successfully for almost 5 years, on the basis of online courses I took from the World Campus of Penn State University, their online graduate school.  As I develop my skills, I hope to add to your toolkit.

I just added an article about "reinforcement" that is intended to help my readers understand the explicit application of the term in Applied Behavior Analysis.  In behaviorist terms, it is anything that increases the likelihood of the repetition of a behavior.  I attempt to show how to identify reinforcement that will support educational programming using Discrete Trial Teaching and other strategies that make up ABA.   I have created a sub section of my Autism Spectrum Disorders tab specifically dedicated to Applied Behavior Analysis.  I hope you'll give it a look.


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