Welcome to Behaviorbabe
Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Welcome to Behaviorbabe

Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Autism is a neurological disorder, affecting 1 in 68 children
Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
Autism greatly varies from person to person.
About 40% of children with autism do not speak. 
The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last 20 years
Children with autism do progress. Early intervention is key

ABA is recommended by

Research from the Lovaas Institute

Between 1985 and 2010, there were over 500 articles published concerning Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism. Access these articles by visiting the Lovaas Institute. Also check out What is Applied Behavior Analysis? (Behaviorbabe).

This episode features a very special guest, Carter Keegan. Carter is a young adult with autism who shares with us his journey: from diagnosis to driving, to dating, going to college, and everything in between.
On this episode, Brian (Bearded Behaviorist) shares the journey of his autism diagnosis and how he came to find behavior analysis. Brian shares with Dr. Kelly his experiences and his mission to break down misconceptions of ABA for the autism community. To learn more about Brian, check out his page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeardedBehaviorist
In this episode, Dr. Kelly interviews Chrissy Kelly, creator of “Life with Greyson and Parker” about inclusion. What is inclusion? What is needed to make inclusion a success? Where do you begin? For more information, check out Chrissy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LifeWithGreysonParker.
In this episode, Feda Almaliti joins Dr. Kelly to speak on the need for specialization within the field of behavior analysis. Feda shares from her own experiences as an autism mother, insurance champion, and legislative advocate the need for further developing existing treatment and supports for adolescents and adults with severe challenging behavior.
In this episode, Josh Cobbs joins Dr. Kelly and shares his journey in the world of advocacy and parenting. Josh shares his self-care strategies as well as his no nonsense “nothing will stop me” attitude, which led to the creation of his company, Joyency. Let joy be your currency! Learn more at www.joyency.com.
In this episode, Lorri Unumb, Vice President of Governmental Affairs from Autism Speaks, talks with Dr. Kelly about Autism Insurance and creating vocational options for adults. Lorri offers perspective and insight into past legislative efforts as well as a look ahead to what’s next on the horizon. To learn more about ABA, please visit www.behaviorbabe.com.


Recommendations for Caregivers, Practitioners, and Policy Makers

Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Since the discovery of autism as a human condition by Kanner (1943) and Asperger (1944) in the 1940s, individuals responsible for education and care of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have striven to provide effective practices and programs. Such efforts continue today. The increased prevalence of ASD has intensified the demand for effective educational and therapeutic services, and intervention science is now providing evidence about which practices are effective. The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.” In this introduction, we will brie y review the current conceptualization of ASD, explain the difference between focused intervention practices and comprehensive treatment models, provide a rationale for narrowing our review to the former, describe other reports that have identified evidence-based practices, brie y describe our first review of the literature (Odom, Collet-Klingenberg, Rogers, & Hatton, 2010), and lastly provide the rationale for conducting an updated review of the literature and revision of the former set of practices identified.

Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. Cox, A. W., Fettig, A., Kucharczyk, S., ... Schultz, T. R. (2013). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Evidence-Based Practice Review Group.

Commonly asked Questions

What does ABA therapy look like? ABA services can look different for different types of learners. For early learners with severe needs, ABA services may be recommended up to 40 hours per week. Research demonstrates that individuals who receive early intensive behavioral interventions have the best outcomes. ABA services may be provided in lower density when targeting specific needs (e.g., social skills, prevocational skills, etc.), or when working with older learners or those with less intense needs. See snippets of ABA Sessions here.

Who is qualified to provide ABA? As the profession of behavior analysis continues to grow and strengthen, it is becoming increasingly expected that individuals designing ABA interventions possess board certification as behavior analysts (BCBA). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) offers ABA credentials at the technician, assistant behavior analyst, BCBA, and BCBA-D level. Find a Behavior Analyst in your area

Will my insurance cover ABA? This varies from state to state. In many states (45) there exists autism insurance coverage, at least at some level. In many states there are age and dollar cap restrictions, and individuals are encouraged to speak with their case managers. In many states, including Massachusetts, ABA services are covered without an age or dollar cap. Federally speaking, CMS guidance was issued in 2014 that clarified Medicaid's obligation to provide coverage of ABA services as well, up to age 21. Visit APBA to learn more.

Will my child's school provide ABA? That varies greatly from state to state. In Massachusetts, for example it is common for school district's to have a BEHAVIOR ANALYST on staff. In Hawai'i, that is not the case currently. You should be made aware of your rights, feel free speaking up on behalf of those rights, and obtain assistance from an educational advocate, if you need help exercising those rights.  

What is the Effective Age Range for Treatment? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Autism: What is the Effective Age Range for Treatment? (Larsson, 2012):  In the research listed here, over 2,000 children and adolescents who were between the ages of five and twenty-one were documented as receiving effective ABA treatment.