Behavioral Services and Education Advocacy for children diagnosed with autism & cognitive delays

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The Special Education Teacher LLC provides ABA 1:1 servicing and Special Education Advocacy for learners diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and cognitive delays.


WHAT IS A SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCATE?

Special Education Advocates help parents and caregivers traverse the complicated special education laws and help attain appropriate services for children with special needs.  These advocates help write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and attain special education services for their child with a disability from their public school system. They do so by familiarizing themselves with the special education process, paperwork and laws.  


WHAT IS ABA?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics, schools, and industry with the aim of improving socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
Applied Behavior Analysis is a science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. 

It is a science in which tactics originate from the principles of behavior and are applied to improve socially significant behavior.  Experimentation is used to identify the variables or antecedents (IE What happens before the behavior occurs) responsible for the improvement of that behavior.


 "Professionals in applied behavior analysis engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings. Examples of these applications include: building the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities; and augmenting the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses." (Retrieved From http://www.BACB.com) .


WHY DOES ABA WORK?
ABA breaks down skills/behaviors to manageable units for learners.  It is based on increasing socially significant behaviors and decreasing maladaptive behaviors.
For the past 40 years, an extensive amount of research literature has documented the widely successful use of ABA-based procedures to reduce problem behavior and increase appropriate skills for individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and related disorders. All of the literature consists of numerous studies employing single-case experimental designs, consecutive controlled case-series studies, controlled group studies, and some randomized controlled trials 

(Hagopian & Hardesty, 2014).