Parents Guide to Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis Research

January 28, 2015, TBH Blog
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Parents Guide to Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis Research

Identifying Effective Treatments Through Evidence-Based Exploration

In order to understand research in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we must first define it. Research is the systematic evaluation of interventions. That is, research aims to identify the variables that change behavior by observing how behavior changes when an intervention is, and is not, in place.

Studying the variables that change behavior is important because it allows us to identify treatments that are most effective, in addition to ruling out treatments that are ineffective or potentially harmful. Therefore, the field of ABA is based on the findings of research.

In fact, Linda LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D, Executive Director of Research & Clinical Services at Trumpet Behavioral Health, has contributed over 85 articles and book chapters that have influenced the practice of ABA. You can access some of those articles at the bottom of this page.

If you are interested in finding out more about evidence-based treatments, many articles and resources are available online by searching on Google Scholar, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT), and Autism Speaks. In addition, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) may also be useful in finding out about research that fits your interests (BCBAs may be found online through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board or through Trumpet’s ‘Ask an Expert’ inquiry form).

If you come upon research that is challenging to interpret or a treatment about which you have questions, you might consider contacting a BCBA or other professional in your child’s provider network (e.g., pediatrician or psychologist), depending on the focus of the treatment or research topic. Although many resources are available online, there are additional ways to learn about effective treatments.

Conferences such as those hosted by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), state or regional behavior analysis associations, or autism organizations such as Autism Speaks or ASAT, present current research on a variety of topics. Although conferences provide a means for gaining information, not all exhibitors or presenters may provide services or information that is research based, so it is important to consult with a professional regarding any additional questions you may have.

Finally, if you would like to get involved with clinicians and researchers in the field, you can connect with the Autism Special Interest Group (Autism SIG) through ABAI.

Resources

*ABAI Events

                  *BACB Directory

2 Responses to “Parents Guide to Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis Research”

#96430 | May 11th, 2017 | Melissa Nakley Rios

Looking for information on percent of Compliance of parents following Autism care plans.

#96635 | May 18th, 2017 | TBH Blog

Thank you so much for this inquiry. We are glad you enjoyed the post. Unfortunately, we are not aware of any literature that provides this specific information about parent following care plans. There are several great articles in the behavior analytic literature on how to train parents and you can find those in journals such as The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice.
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Very best,
TBH team

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