part of our celebration of 100 years of Behavior Analysis, Professor
Moore's Keynote address will examine the relation between John B.
Watson’s classical behaviorism and several important conceptual issues
from our contemporary behavior analysis: Watson’s positions on behavior
as a subject matter in its own right, private behavioral events,
anti-mentalism, pragmatism, the importance of a behavioral account of
verbal behavior, and social activism according to behavioral
2013 Special Guest Speaker
Edward K. Morris
History of Applied Behavior Analysis: Its Founding Publications
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Topics in a Behavioral Approach to Autism Treatment
Mark L. Sundberg
This workshop is designed for attendees who are already familiar with the basics of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior (e.g., mand, tact, and intraverbal), the VB-MAPP assessment tool, and ABA/VB intervention procedures. A variety of advanced topics will be presented during workshop including, what constitutes a behavioral approach to autism treatment, analyzing and overcoming learning barriers, developing vocal skills for non-vocal children, complex discrimination skills involving both verbal and nonverbal conditional discriminations, social behavior, multiple control, and other issues that face children in Levels 2 & 3 of the VB-MAPP.
The ADOS: How Can the Diagnostic Report Inform My Treatment?
Susan Risi & Caitlyn Sorensen
(Eastern Michigan University)
The newly passed Autism insurance legislation in Michigan requires an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) evaluation for diagnosis to receive services. Although, this is not new to the field, there may be increasing need to use the evaluation to inform treatment with the insurance mandate. This introduction to the ADOS will cover the theory, history, psychometric, and administration details or the test, with a special focus on how each activity in the ADOS elicits certain behaviors specific to autism spectrum disorder. There will be an emphasis on behaviors that are specific to treatment usefulness and how any behavioral excesses or deficits will be presented in a typical clinical report. Mock reports will be used to facilitate learning and provide experiential practice, including how to integrate results from the ADOS with other psychometric data to inform treatment. This workshop is not intended to train or provide any level of reliability on the administration or scoring of the ADOS, although knowledge of autism and some aspects of administration are necessary to earn how to interpret the results.
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BAAM Statement of Purpose
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.
Behavior News Quick Links
Humorists take on pseudoscience
From the Executive Summary: The purpose of this document is to inform decision-making regarding the use of Applied Behavior Analysis nalysis (ABA) to treat medically necessary conditions so as to develop, maintain, or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in ways that are both efficacious and cost effective. The document is based on the best available scientific evidence and expert clinical opinion regardingthe use of ABA as a behavioral health treatment for individuals diagnosed with ASD. The guidelines are intended to be a brief and user-friendly introduction to the application of behavior analysis for ASD when funded by health care plans. Although the guidelines are written primarily for insurers and health plans, they will also be useful for consumers and providers.
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.
available from the 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.