Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January Book Review


One of the books in the parents resource library, "Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis", by Albert J. Kearney, explains in easy to understand language, the principles of applied behavior analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is based on the work of American psychologist B.F. Skinner, and are therapeutic techniques in changing maladaptive behaviors. Behavior analysts, and/or board certified behavior analysts, as well as cognitive behavior therapists, are among the specialists who write up a plan for individuals in behavior therapy, using behavioral approaches, as well as other factors including what precedes the behavior. Video modeling, social stories, play acting with the person's belongings such as toys or stuffed animals, has been effective in teaching play skills. ABA isn't limited to maladaptive behavior. It may also be utilized in the general ed or special ed classroom, with the picture exchange communication system, (PECS), program instruction, and also, positive behavior support, or PBS.
It sets objective, measurable, and observable behavioral goals, that allows the behavior analyst to see what is working, and what needs to be discarded.