Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis
Release Date:01 Nov 2007

Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis

An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and other Professionals

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

'Understanding applied behaviour analysis is a book that I have been waiting for, for quite some time. It is easy to read, factually correct, scientifically rigorous, and not to long (116 pages, including index). I enjoyed reading it and I will be recommending it to my students.'

- British Journal of Social Work

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on the premise that behavior can be influenced by changes in environment and by the reinforcing 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 behavior problems. He looks at how behavior is assessed and 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.

`It does provide a useful point of reference to parents and professionals curently learning about Applied Behavioural Analysis or implementing and supporting ABA programmes, who wish to refresh or clarify their knowledge of specific points.As a book to dip into rather than read cover to cover, the terminology is well organised and clearly explained via a wide range of practical examples and everyday scenarios.` – Speech & Language Therapy in Practice, shelley-Ann Epstein, SLT, Stockport PCT
This overview is very welcome since there is a very wide range of activities, approaches and programmes that come under the general heading of ABA and the detailed exploration that Kearney offers is refreshing. This book is a very useful introduction and guide for anyone, parent or professional, who wished to examine or re-examine the central principles of ABA and their application. – GAP
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. – Handicap Info -
Kearney has produced an excellent handbook to guide parents and professionals through the early stages of an ABA programme for autistic children. – Children and Young People Now
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.
1. What Does ABA Mean? 2. What is Behavior? 3. What are Antecedents? 4. What are Consequences? 5. What Are Some Other Kinds of Learning? 6. What is Behavioral Analysis? 7. What Do We Do Next? 8. What is Behavioral Education? 9. Summing Up. Appendix: What Else Can I Read About ABA? References. Subject index. Author index.
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