ABA Horizons understands that there are a ton ABA resources out there. Making a decision about how to proceed can be difficult.
Click an area of interest below. This will show a list of links to organisations, free sources and materials about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavioural Analysis. Tools and information from both sides of the pond are included to help you with this process. For those academically minded, you will also find a "Research" link. Here too, journal articles and materials will be divided into UK/EU based and USA.
As we discover more good sources, we'll be sure to update the lists Accordingly!
Here you'll find organizations and resources based in the UK about ABA and/or Autism.
An organisation that like us, strongly advocate for the use and access of ABA for assisting individuals diagnosed with Autism. If there is anything going on regarding ABA in the UK, Jane McCready knows about it. A must visit site! There is tons of helpful information here, for parents and professionals alike.
A UK charity dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for disabled children. Has the knock on of helping the family too. You can apply for support to help overcome any financial restraints.
Another UK Charity that assists families with special needs individuals. They help provide the resources or equipment to help make life that bit easier.
An organisation set up by parents in Liverpool. They run a Saturday School for families in the area. This lets volunteers and caregivers get trained in ABA, whilst teaching kids valuable social and academic skills.
The chances are, if you're hear, you've heard or know something about NAS. The go to place/organisation for information regarding ASD in the UK.
All the information the government has on ASD and related services can be found here. Currently, these guidelines are in the process of being updated.
A huge UK resource to help parents and families navigate the legal issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) community. There are some really useful blogs and information on this site.
An organisation for UK Behaviour Analysts that advocates ABA. They provide a forums for various topics related to the profession. For those new to the field, or have an active interest, such as a parent, it could be worth signing up (small annual fee).
While we appreciate the UK skepticism of the US Healthcare System, the truth is, there is a lot to learn and benefit from our North American cousins. As ABA has been provided by private insurance companies for eight years, and medicaid now for around five (the US "NHS" equivalent for low income families), they've got somewhat of a head start. Here is a list of resources from the USA we think you'll find useful.
A US based charity that was started by grandparents of a child on the spectrum. They played a massive part in getting ABA to the stature it is today in the US. The organisation is very research based, but also provide information regarding ASD services, products in the US. They even have a break down of hundreds of mobile apps (apple, android etc.) that serve as fantastic tools for teaching. A lot of the resources found here would be beneficial for people in the UK.
The USA industry body, was created to credential and oversee the professional administration of ABA services. They have a presence here also. All ABA Horizons tutors will be taught in congruence with the standards and practices determined by this international organisation. Lots of information here worth exploring.
Not very active on YouTube anymore, but Mauricio explains the essential basics of ABA in an easy-to-listen way. Worth a watch whenever you get a few spare minutes.
Here you'll find free software applications.
This is a fantastic free resource designed to help family members, professionals and others, to develop their skills to effectively support individuals with autism. Just sign up, login, and you're away!
ATTA's Student’s Objective Recommendation Tool (SORT) streamlines using the ABLLS-R by using a child’s current performance across the ABLLS-R sections A-J objectives to recommend optimal and developmentally priority language targets. The SORT can be utilized by both parents and professionals to generate effective language programs for children with autism and related disabilities.
TB Tally is a professional counter to let you easily track behaviours, and export the graphs in an easy to read format.
A complete behavioural tally counter.
If you are interested in articles published in peer-reviewed journals about ABA see below:
National Standards Project
from the May Institute
A multi-year project undertaken by The National Autism Center (part of the May Institute). Beginning in 2009, the study was designed to research and establish the best teaching strategies and behavioural interventions for those on the spectrum. When combined with the 2015 results, the NSP is the largest to date meta analysis (all interventions ABA Horizons use are sourced from this report). We can't link you directly to the NSP report, but if you sign up, you can download the file for free.
Telehealth and Autism: Treating Challenging Behavior at a Lower Cost.
Authors: Scott Lindgren, PhD; David Wacker, PhD; Alyssa Suess, PhD; Kelly Schieltz, PhD;
Kelly Pelzel, PhD; Todd Kopelman, PhD; John Lee, BA; Patrick Romani, PhD; Debra Waldron, MD
Overview: This research demonstrated that parents can use ABA procedures to successfully treat behavior problems associated with autism spectrum disorders regardless of whether treatment is directed by behavior consultants in person or via remote video coaching.
The effectiveness of applied behavior analytic interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A meta-analytic study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Author: Makrygianni, Maria; Gena, Angeliki; Galanis, Petros; Katoudi, Sofia.
Overview: The findings indicated that ABA programs are moderately to highly effective bringing significant benefits for children with ASD in the aforementioned areas. Specifically, they were very effective in improving intellectual abilities; moderately to very effective in improving communication skills, expressive-language skills and receptive- language skills; moderately effective in improving IQ provided by non-verbal tests, adaptive behavior (in total), socialization; and had low effectiveness in improving daily living skills.
Where is the Evidence? A Narrative Literature Review of the Treatment Modalities for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Authors: Medavarapu, Srinivas; Marella, Lakshmi Lavanya; Sangem, Aneela; Kairam, Ram
Overview: Although there are interventions that may be effective in alleviating some symptoms and improving skills that help autistic persons lead more productive lives, proven benefits were observed only with applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and some psychopharmacologic agents.
Applied behavior analytic intervention for autism in early childhood: meta-analysis, meta-regression and dose-response meta-analysis of multiple outcomes.
Authors: Virues-Ortega, J.
Overview: Results suggested that long-term, comprehensive ABA intervention leads to (positive) medium to large effects in terms of intellectual functioning, language development, acquisition of daily living skills and social functioning in children with autism.