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First Annual Autism Conference; Boston, MA; 2007

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Invited Paper Session #4

Applied Behavior Analysis: What It Is and What It Isn't

Saturday, February 3, 2007
9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Grand Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow)
Dr. Bobby Newman is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Bobby received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He is the Past-President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, as well as the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. His past books include The Reluctant Alliance, No Virtue in Accident, When Everybody Cares, Words from Those Who Care, Graduated Applied Behavior Analysis, Behaviorspeak, and Behaviorask. He has published numerous research articles in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Disorders, Education and Training Mental Retardation, The Behavior Analyst, The Psychological Record, Behavior and Social Issues, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and elsewhere. He has been honored by several parent and professional organizations for his work, including having an award named in his honor by FEAT of Central New York. Bobby provides regular training and consultation to programs all over New York, as well as Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and Canada. Bobby has written many articles on behavior analysis for popular magazines and has been the host of two radio call-in shows.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field that many people talk about. They often play fast and loose with the language, however, equating the science with one of its many techniques (Discrete Trial Teaching, for example). In this talk, the essential elements of Applied Behavior Analysis will be outlined and discussed. It will be established that Applied Behavior Analysis is a science, not a specific technique or techniques for teaching. What distinguishes that science from other treatments will be explored.

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