Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Panel #309
Applied Behavior Analysis: Treatment Prospectives Across the Lifespan of Individuals with Autism
Monday, May 30, 2005
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Continental B (1st floor)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Anne S. Holmes (Eden Family of Services)
ANNE S. HOLMES (Eden Family of Services)
DIANE VANDRIESEN (Eden Family of Services)
NINA FINKLER (Eden Family of Services)
Abstract: The use of applied behavior analysis as an effective treatment option for young children with autism has been well documented in professional literature. These treatment options have been incorporated into a variety of settings, i.e., home based programs, private schools, and public schools. All settings noted in the literature include the key elements of intensity of services, 1:1 instruction, data-based accountability, and documented success. The literature falls short in documenting the use of applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism as they age through upper elementary school, middle school, high school, and adulthood. Not only does the scope of ABA techniques need to expand as children age, but the application of techniques in natural settings must be addressed. Learning in ratios beyond 1:1 must be achieved in order for skills to be acquired and, more importantly, mastered. This panel will discuss the issue of effective application of applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism beyond early childhood.



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