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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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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.

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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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Events

10th Annual Annual Ethics in Professional Practice Conference

August 5th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in cooperation with Endicott College presents this event, a one-day live conference. Leaders in the fields of Psychology, Business, Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis will have their interventions in order to benefit the entirely community.

All details to be found here:

Sibling Support 2022

August 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm - August 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm


Online Event

Autism Speaks organizes this event Intended for siblings of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, and/or Mental Health Issues. 
Over Zoom, siblings meet other children and teens who know what it's like to have a brother or sister with behavioral challenges.
Siblings have a chance to talk, learn coping skills and feel better. The Zoom is facilitated by psychiatrists and trainees at UMass Chan Medical School.

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Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival

July 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm - July 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Online Event
The Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by LADD, is the first and only film festival driven by, or about, those who experience developmental disabilities. OTR Film Festival honors the lives, stories, and art of our collective community. To celebrate our shared humanity, OTR Film Festival delivers the untold stories in film about diversity, disability, faith, freedom, and identity from across the globe to Cincinnati.

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ABAI 48th Annual Convention

From May 28th to 30th, 2022


The ABAI annual convention is the largest gathering of behavior analysts in the world. This year will be held on Boston, Massachusetts.

Organized by Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), includes presentations, lectures, symposia, panels, papers, posters and many networking opportunities, including reunions.

All details to be found here: