Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that focuses on using the science of behavior and learning to improve specific behaviors, including communication, social skills, academics, activities of daily living, among other adaptive skills. 

ABA has been proven to be effective for children
and adults that have developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA can be
used in home, schools, clinics, and even one’s workplace, depending on the setting that the client would benefit most with additional support. The strategies and techniques used in an individual’s intervention plan have been studied and implemented for decades, and each plan created is tailored to the client based on results from multiple assessments. 

Get to know some kinds of reinforcers!

Reinforcers are the topic of the month because they happen to be critical to the success of an ABA therapy program. Reinforcers are instrumental in teaching and shaping desired behaviors, especially for children diagnosed with ASD.

They can be tangible or intangible objects or actions that are used to increase the occurrence of a certain behavior, such as treats, toys, kisses, praise, and anything else that reinforces the positive behavior.

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New Instructor Directory

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) announces on its official website a new instructor directory resource. It contains instructors from ABAI-accredited programs and verified course sequences. The directory was created to help advance the field of ABA by facilitating search and contact among colleagues to fulfill teaching-related services, especially in areas with few behavior analysts.

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What is the latest research on autism?

The website Medical News Today for medical information and news has published a recent article about de latest research on autism field. The report is based on many studies exploring enviromental and neurologycal contributing factors, gene variants that could play a role in the development of ASD, the incidence of gut microbiome in ASD symptoms, as well as new horizons of diagnostics and testing.

Find out about these interesting results at:

Using Extinction to Reduce Problem Behavior

Extinction refers to a procedure used in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in which reinforcement that is provided for problem behavior (often unintentionally) is discontinued in order to decrease or eliminate occurrences of these types of negative (or problem) behaviors

While this procedure is most commonly used in children with Autism and Down Syndrome, it can also be used very successfully to address a broader array of problema behaviors, including those exhibited by individuals without developmental disabilities

Find out more about this technique by clicking on the link:

New hope for people living with a genetic cause of autism

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, report in the journal Neurobiology of Disease they were able to ameliorate Fragile X syndrome symptoms after inserting the Fmr1 gene into the brains of very young transgenic mice that had been genetically engineered to lack this gene.

When the researchers measured brain activity for signs of anxiety and hyperactivity in response to stimuli such as stresses and sounds, they found that the reactivation of the gene in these mice had led them to no longer show Fragile X syndrome symptoms.

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17th Annual Autism Expo

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, Phonenix, Arizona

Autism Expo is a free resource fair for families, caregivers and individuals with ASD to connect with local service providers and support organizations in Arizona. Event features 4 Info Sessions on autism related topics, Raffle featuring 55'' LED TV and other great prices, complimentary Event Directory with sponsor / vendor listings event tote bag, water and snacks for guests and free parking! 

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Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

16th Annual Conference on Autism:

Research-Based Solutions

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Location: Corque Hotel, Solvang, California or Virtually

A one-day conference  featuring leading experts in fields of Science, Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Find more details on the official website by clicking on the following link:

ABAI 49th Annual Convention

ABAI 49th Annual Convention

Pre-convention workshops: Thursday, May 25 - Friday, May 26 

Convention: Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29

Location: Colorado Convention Center

ABAI announces their return to Denver for the 49th Annual Convention! The event will once again be at the Colorado Convention Center, this time with sessions held in the front of the building, making it easy for attendees to get around.

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