None of the As in ABA stand for autism: Dispelling the myths

  title={None of the As in ABA stand for autism: Dispelling the myths},
  author={Karola Dillenburger and Mickey Keenan},
  journal={Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability},
  pages={193 - 195}
Interventions that are based on scientific principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) are recognised as effective treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by many governments and professionals (Office of the Surgeon General, 2000; Ontario IBI Initiative, 2002). However, many still view ABA as one of many treatments for autism and contend that it should be part of an eclectic mix of interventions. This paper addresses this issue by outlining what ABA is and how ABA is… 

Effective strategies by any other name

  • A. Stahmer
  • Psychology
    Autism : the international journal of research and practice
  • 2014
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  • K. Dillenburger
  • Medicine
    Journal of intellectual & developmental disability
  • 2012
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Mental health: a report of the Surgeon General.

  • M. Gabe
  • Medicine
    Home care provider
  • 2000
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  • O. I. Lovaas
  • Psychology
    Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
  • 1987
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