Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis, Second Edition
Release Date:21 Jun 2015

Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis, Second Edition

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

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This introductory guide to ABA demystifies the often complex terminology, the underlying principles, and commonly-used procedures of ABA using accessible, everyday language.

This revised and updated edition reflects recent developments and introduces new key terms. 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.

This book is a wonderful introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and should be read by anyone who uses the term 'ABA'. Too many people use the term without really understanding it properly, thereby propagating misunderstandings and misinterpretations that can hinder its uptake by educational and other helping professions. This book makes a great contribution to the accurate understanding of ABA. It will be very useful to students of the science and parents and practitioners who use it to improve the skills and the quality of life of their loved ones.

– Professor Karola Dillenburger, School of Education, Queen's University Belfast and co-editor of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism

Albert J. Kearney is a clinical and school psychologist. He has a doctorate in counseling psychology and now has over thirty years' experience in the field. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Quick References A-Z. 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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