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BAAM Statement of Purpose
Attention to Eyes Less in Infants Who Develop AutismBeyond Autism: Did you know that the most effective (by far), intervenions for cocaine addiction and smoking during pregnancy, multibillion dollar problems, were designed by behavior analysts using empirically validated learning theory principles?
From the Abstract: "Here we show in a prospective longitudinal study that infants later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) exhibit mean decline in eye fixation from 2 to 6 months of age, a pattern not observed in infants who do not develop ASD."
Applied Behavior Analysis
What is ABA? It is the use of laboratory- and application-tested learning principles to teach important academic, social, and life skills.
Is ABA proven? ABA is not an untested "theory" being sold in advance of scientific validation. Applied behavior analysis is based directly on scientific findings. If you need the new behavior to persist, ABA therapists know how to use special schedules of reinforcement--proven in the lab for over 75 years--to make that happen. If you need the newly learned behavior to work at home and school, ABA therapists know how to use scientific knowledge about generalization--based on 100 years of science--to make that happen.
Does ABA with autism involve mindlessly repeated trials using M&Ms as rewards? Only in the misleading advertising of those offering "treatments" that don't have good scientific support. ABA uses the most effective rewards, chosen specifically for the person, and does not waste time teaching things that have already been successfully learned.
We need to remind those outside our field that ABA is far more than a teacher sitting knee-to-knee with a student endlessly repeating discrete trials.
Vincent Strully, Director of the New England Center for ChildrenWatch some genuine ABA done in a natural setting. ABA uses the most appropriate reward for the situation in the most appropriate setting to teach effective behavior as quickly as possible.
Want a little more information? Look at the links below.
Humorists take on pseudoscience
Health Plan Coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Skinner's 1948 William James Lectures were his 1957 book Verbal Behavior in draft form. Shared for decades in mimeographed form among a few lucky behavior analysts, this is the first time this classic has been generally available. Ralph Hefferline's 1947 class notes from Skinner's Columbia University course in verbal behavior show even earlier development of the same ideas. These are true classics in the history of psychology, made available through the generosity of the B.F. Skinner Foundation.
Facilitated Communication is back and growing in popularity. People
are once again being falsely accused of abuse, and facilitated
communication advocates are once again being given lavish attention and financial rewards for their dangerous and scientifically discredited pseudoscience.