Applied Behavior Analysis
Vista Behavior Consulting provides intensive behavior intervention services to children with autism. This service is provided to students as young as 18 months of age. The interventions utilized are drawn from the research in applied behavior analysis, which is a science of validated behavior change procedures aimed at the improvement of socially significant behaviors. Interventions include, but are not limited to, discrete trial training, incidental teaching, minimal prompting strategies, the Natural Language Paradigm, pivotal response training, task analysis training, behavioral momentum, and functional communication training. Other procedures utilized include visual supports such as PECS and TEACCH.
Behavior analysts emphasize the use of data collection procedures and data analysis in determining the effectiveness of individualized programs. Based on the data, interventions might be introduced, revised, or terminated.
Additional information regarding behavior analysis as a science and the resulting branch of applied behavior analysis can be found in this article by Howard Sloane, PhD.
The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis has released updated consumer guidelines for selecting behavior analysts to work with individuals with autism. Please read this link to learn more information. (Need Adobe Reader?)
For an informative report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics detailing the educational strategies and associated therapies that are the primary treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders, please click here.
For additional information about applied behavior analysis, please write or visit the website for the California Association for Behavior Analysis.
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