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Applied Behavior Analysis and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

Tristram Smith

in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371826
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0066
Applied Behavior Analysis and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) draws on principles of learning theory to help people learn new skills and overcome behavior problems. ABA has become an important intervention strategy for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but, more generally, it is an applied science and profession that is practiced in diverse contexts. Examples include general and special education at all grade levels, psychotherapy for various behavioral disorders, safety programs at job sites and other locations, management of business organizations, and interventions to promote health and well-being. This chapter discusses key concepts of ABA; research methods; ABA intervention strategies; applications of ABA to teach specific skills to individuals with ASD; and comprehensive ABA programs.

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ; Neurology ; Neuroscience

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