Understanding Applied Behavior Anaylsis: An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals

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Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on the premise that behavior can be influenced by changes in environment and by reinforcing the consequences of that behavior. This introductory guide to ABA demystifies the basic terminology, the underlying principles, and commonly-used procedures of ABA using accessible, everyday language. Albert J. Kearney explains the kinds of learning and reinforcement processes that form the basis of ABA programs. Having covered these essential principles, he describes how the science of behavior analysis can be effectively applied to real life behavioral problems. He looks at how behavior is assessed and the various intervention techniques that are often employed with children who have autism and other special needs. Having laid these essential foundations, Kearney touches on more advanced topics: the applications of ABA in behavioral education, such as precision teaching and programmed instruction. Clear, accessible, and with a structure that is easy-to-follow, this book is an essential introduction to the discipline of ABA and its applications for parents and professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108603
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Series: Jkp Essentials Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 218,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert J. Kearney is a clinical and school psychologist. He earned a degree in sociology and went on to study behavior modification at Boston College, USA. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1976 and now has over thirty years' experience in the field.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Quick Reference A-Z     12
The ABCs of ABA
What Does ABA Mean?     19
What is Behavior?     23
What are Antecedents?     31
What are Consequences?     36
What are Some Other Kinds of Learning?     53
Putting It All Together
What is a Behavior Analysis?     59
What Do We Do Next?     73
What is Behavioral Education?     95
Summing Up     103
What Else can I Read About ABA?     107
References     111
Subject Index     113
Author Index     117
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