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Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

All About Common Interventions for Individuals with Autism

This month, March 2011, we’ll be featuring articles and stories about common interventions for individuals with Autism. We will be focusing our discussion on interventions based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). If you have questions about other interventions, however, please send us an email at so we can address those as well. Additionally, if you have a story about your ABA-based home or school intervention program, please share those with the community. We love to hear success stories about ABA in action!

Here are some of the topics we will be covering this month and recommended books related to those topics:

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (2nd Edition) by John O. Cooper, Timothy E. Heron and William L. Heward

Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis: An Introduction to ABA for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals by Albert J. Kearney

Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers (8th Edition) by Paul A. Alberto and Anne C. Troutman

Applied Behavior Analysis for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Johnny L. Matson

Pivotal Response Treatment

Pivotal Response Treatments for Autism: Communication, Social, & Academic Development by Robert L. Koegel, Lynn Kern Koegel, Rosy Matos Fredeen and Quy H. Tran

Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life by Lynn Kern Koegel and Claire LaZebnik

Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching for Children with Autism by Aubyn C. Stahmer PhD, Jessica Suhrheinrich PhD, Sarah Reed MA, Laura Schreibman PhD, et al.

Verbal Behavior

Verbal Behavior by B. F. Skinner

The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children With Autism and Related Disorders by Mary Barbera and Tracy Rasmussen

Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays by R. Douglas Greer and Denise E. Ross

Discrete Trial Teaching

The ABA Program Companion: Organizing Quality Programs for Children With Autism and PDD by J. Tyler Fovel

A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism by Ron, Ph.D. Leaf, John McEachin and Jaisom D. Harsh

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

PECS: The Picture Exchange Communication System by Lori Frost and Andrew Bondy

A Picture’s Worth: PECS and Other Visual Communication Strategies in Autism by Andy Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost

Meaningful Exchanges For People With Autism: An Introduction To Augmentative & Alternative Communication by Joanne Cafiero

Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) by Pat Mirenda


The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders by Gary B. Mesibov, Victoria Shea and Eric Schopler

Accessing the Curriculum for Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Using the TEACCH Programme to Help Inclusion by Gary Mesibov and Marie Howley

Activity Schedules for Children With Autism, Second Edition: Teaching Independent Behavior by Lynn E. McClannahan, Ph.D. and Patricia Krantz

Precision Teaching

Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching by Julie S. Vargas

Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction: Measurably superior instructional technology in schools by Carl Binder and Cathy L. Watkins

Positive Behavioral Support

Positive Behavioral Support: Including People With Difficult Behavior in the Community by Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel and Glen, Ph.D. Dunlap

Building Positive Behavior Support Systems in Schools: Functional Behavioral Assessment by Deanne A. Crone Phd and Robert H. Horner PhD

Parenting With Positive Behavior Support: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child’s Difficult Behavior by Meme Hieneman, Karen Childs and Jane Sergay


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good Morning:
    My sons ages 25 and 9 live with a PDD (Aspersers, Autism). Swimming ever morning before school continues to help. No, we are not rich; we do not have a pool of our own. We use our community‚Äôs pool. Sensory Integration first (PT), with SLP, OT, along with ABA are the key components for our family. Diet is huge too. We have been on a GF/CF (Gluten Free, Casein Free) diet for over five years now. It works for our family. It is not rocket science, simple: read the labels of food items before you purchase. No Wheat, Whey, Oats, Barley,etc. We have a healthier life style since these have been introduced and used daily. Supplements are also daily for us. We use A (Fish Oil),B-12, C, Calcium, D-3 (twice), One-a-day. When a new supplement is introduced it is used for one week. By this time, we will know if it is helping or not. Vitamin D-3 we noticed a big difference right away (maybe because we live in Washington?) Lol. These have really helped Our Family. Everyone is different. You may or may not find success with these for your family. Good Luck and God Bless You…Elizabeth

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      Abby says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much for sharing what has worked for your family. I love how you’re sticking with daily physical activity (this is usually missing but HIGHLY important as it is for everyone), PT, SLP, OT, and ABA. These really are the top 5 components of an intervention program. Not all individuals will need PT and OT depending on their physical needs, but it’s definitely an option for those who need it and those specialists are invaluable in creating a comprehensive program which addresses all the needs of the individual.

      I also like how you included information about the importance of diet and nutrition. While the GF/CF diet is not for everyone (there have been no studies showing significant improvement in behavior or overall functioning) unless there are specific allergies or sensitivities to these food products, I think your statement about now having “a healthier lifestyle” is the biggest key. The key to proper growth and development in ANY person is proper and balanced diet and nutrition. Excesses in fat and sugar and deficits in proteins and vegetables can have a huge impact on a persons overall health and well-being. So, making sure your child has a balanced diet and is consuming the appropriate vitamins and minerals their bodies need is vitally important (for ANY child!).

      I’m so glad you’ve found what works best for your family and shared with the community. Best of luck to you!

      Abby Twyman, M.Ed., BCBA

  2. Thank you for the article.
    I think it is important for parents to learn and explore relationship based interventions as floortime and rdi.
    they make a huge difference on the kids and the family system as well! Development is not just about behaviors but the emotions that drive those behaviors. when we connect with the emotional individual beyond the diagnosis, we create space for beautiful things to happen.
    Thank you,
    Lina Maria Moyano, LCSW

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