(2011) by Lindsay Hilsen, MEd, BCBA
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is recognized as one of the most effective ways to teach children with autism and studies have shown that the earlier the interventions take place the more likely they are to have a profound, positive impact on a child’s later development.
Using the latest research into best practice for children with autism, this curriculum gives a clear outline on what to teach and how to teach it utilizing the principles of ABA. The book is divided up into three sections, each with built-in data collection, and features a CD with all the material in the book so you can print off the section you are working on.
- The Assessment section allows you to initially measure the child’s level of learning and then track their progress over time.
- The Curriculum section covers nearly ninety crucial steps in a child’s development spread over twelve chapters that each focus on a different pivotal area, such as ‘Motor’, ‘Expressive’ and ‘Academic’ Programs. These are broken down into simple tasks that can be taught and monitored easily.
- The final Mastered section guarantees that progress can be maintained by checking that learned skills continue to be retained.
- Generalization assessment is included throughout to make sure the child has adapted to using the skills in a variety of settings.
This book will equip teachers, therapists and parents with a thorough and comprehensive program to help ensure the young learners in their care are achieving developmental goals and are able to reach their full potential as they grow.
From the Author
“Originally ABA had a negative reputation. People envisioned a teacher and child sitting at a table all day, robotically doing the same task over and over again. This is a misconception. ABA actually focuses on teaching the child away from the table. My curriculum emphasizes the need to teach the child in a general or natural setting. So in order for the program/task to be mastered, the child will need to be able to demonstrate the skill in three different settings, with three different people, and with three different materials…”