Affordable Computer and Internet-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Programs

by Michael Horn

One of the evidenced-based interventions for an autism spectrum disorder is called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but there are few people certified in ABA so many families and school districts with children on the autism spectrum do not have convenient access to a trained professional. In addition, when a professional is nearby, the service is costly—in the range of $100/€100 an hour—so even more cannot access this service.

In brief, the way a computer or Internet-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) programs works is that a parent or adult fills out a skills checklist online and an individualized ABA-based plan for the person on the autism spectrum is created. That plan guides the parent or teacher in what to do with the person and how to do it through the use of videos of experts demonstrating the interventions and so forth that break down complex tasks into short, easy-to-understand steps. As the person learns new skills, the platform adds new lessons to his or her curriculum and continues to customize over time. Much of the interventions are, of course, offline, but the platform is delivered in a child-centered way online. No expert is involved.

These programs do several things to provide the benefit of an ABA intervention. First, it brings together the expertise of trained ABA professionals and allows less-skilled people—parents and teachers and the like who are not trained ABA experts—to do ABA interventions. Sure, they aren’t as good as the experts, and the platform probably isn’t as good at customizing a curriculum for a child as an expert guided by rich intuition, but for the many people on the autism spectrum who do not have access to those experts, this is far better than the alternative, which is nothing at all. And like all technologies, it will improve over time as it scales, just like transistors and personal computers did. As a result of bringing together the professionals’ expertise, it’s also a lot more affordable than the traditional service. Instead of $100/€100 an hour, it costs about $250 a month—a price many more families and school districts can afford.

List of Computer and Internet-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Programs

Rethink Autism Web-based Autism Treatment Platform – an effective, affordable, and easy-to-use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based online service that puts you in control of your child’s treatment now. Fill out a brief skills checklist, and rethink autism creates an individualized ABA-based learning plan for your child. As your child learns new skills, our platform automatically adds new lessons to his or her customized curriculum. Hundreds of step-by-step video lessons break down complex concepts into short, easy-to- understand steps you can implement immediately. Short, easy-to-follow training videos help parents, grandparents, and even the babysitter learn to teach effectively, motivate your child, maintain learned skills, and handle problem behavior.

CARD eLearning™ (The Center for Autism and Related Disorders) – a 40-hour online training course designed to facilitate effective intervention for children with autism by equipping users with foundational knowledge in ABA. The training consists of nine video-based training modules which feature online note taking, quizzes, a final exam and certificate of course completion

CARD Skills™ (The Center for Autism and Related Disorders) – a program designed to give educators and parents of children with autism access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development available. The results of the assessment are linked directly to a set of eight curricula that provide individualized lesson plans with step-by-step instructions for teaching children with autism the skills they need. In addition, Skills provides charts and graphs that track treatment progress and the impact of various events (including other treatments and life events) on the child’s progress.

TeachTown®: Basics – a computer-assisted instructional (CAI) program that delivers highly engaging On Computer Lessons along with motivational Off Computer Activities for students who are developmentally aged 2 to 7. The automatic data tracking and reporting system allows teachers and parents more time for individual attention with their students or children, and it addresses early learning standards and IEP goals. Parents love their child’s improved behavior after spending time with TeachTown®: Basics, educators love that it is research-based and evidence supported, and kids are highly motivated because it’s fun.

Other Resources

Book: Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis: An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals and Kindle Edition

Book: The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children With Autism and PDD and Kindle Edition

Book: Bringing ABA into Your Inclusive Classroom: A Guide to Improving Outcomes for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Book: A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism

Book: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals

Book: Behaviorask: Straight Answers to Your ABA Programming Questions

DVD: The Autistic ABA Therapist

DVD: Maximum Potential’s ABA DVD Training Course for Parents or Therapists

Copyright Autism Spectrum Directory

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