By Joel Hundert. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a proven therapy for individuals with autism and one of the most popular behavioral interventions. It has most often seen applications in one-on-one settings, however Hundert suggests that ABA should be moving beyond the traditional settings and into the general classroom. Inclusion of Students with Autism: Using ABA-Based Supports in General Education, written for professionals, discusses and outlines how the principles of ABA can be used to support these children in inclusive settings. It contains numerous data collection forms and each chapter ends with a list of 5-10 study questions.
The book begins with a discussion of early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) and then presents the noted benefits of the inclusion of children with autism in the general education classroom. It moves on to various assessment methods, including both norm-referenced & criterion-referenced assessments, and a discussion for professionals with ideas on how to develop and implement a plan for this treatment (with an appendix outlining 5 commercially available curriculum programs).
The latter part of the book explains the principles of instruction through prompts, reinforcers, and error correction procedures. It also touches on communication including the use of augmentative and alternate communication and incidental language instruction.
The book continues with ideas on how to promote peer interaction, social scripts, helping the child follow school routines independently, teaching thinking skills, self-regulation, self-monitoring, why questions, perspective taking, preventing and dealing with problem behaviors, working collaborately with families, and preparing and training staff for ABA-based supported inclusion. (Softcover; 307 pages)