ABA Horizons understands that there are a huge number of 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 Behaviour Analysis.
For those academically minded, you will also find a "Research" link. Here you will find journal articles and materials we think may be of interest! 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).
Here are some further resources that although not from the UK we think may be helpful!
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.
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.
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!
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.
A major National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) has been published. EIBI (sometimes called an 'ABA approach') is an effective teaching protocol for autistic children, based on Behaviour Analysis, and backed by a growing body of research.
Clinical Practice Guideline Report of the Guideline Recommendations, Autism / Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Assessment and Intervention for Young Children (Age 0-3 Years).Sponsored by New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program. (1999) Appendix C, Summary of Evidence: Intensive Behavioral and Educational Intervention Programs
Cohen, H., et al., (2006) Early intensive behavioral treatment: Replication of the UCLA Model in a community setting. Developmental and Behavioral Paediatrics, 27, 145–155.
Eikeseth, S., (2009) Outcome of comprehensive psycho-educational interventions for young children with autism. Research Developmental Disabilities 30 (1): 158–78.
Eikeseth, S., et al., (2002) Intensive behavioral treatment at school for 4–7-year-old children with autism: A 1-year comparison controlled study. Behavior Modification, 26, 49–68.
Eikeseth, S., et al., (2007) Outcome for children with autism who began intensive behavioral treatment between age four and seven: A comparison controlled study. Behavior Modification, 31, 264–278.
Eikeseth, S., et al., (2009) Intensity of supervision and outcome for preschool aged children receiving early and intensive behavioural interventions: A preliminary study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 (2009) 67–73.
Hayward, D., et al., (2009) Assessing progress during treatment for young children with autism receiving intensive behavioural interventions Autism Vol 13(6) 613–633.
Eldevik, S., et al., (2009) Meta-analysis of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children with autism. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 38 (3): 439–50.
Grindle, C. F., et al., (2009) Parents’ Experiences of Home-Based Applied Behaviour Analysis Programmes for Young Children with Autism. J Autism Dev Disord (2009) 39:42–56
Howard, J. S., et al., (2005) A comparison of intensive behaviour analytic and eclectic treatment for young children with autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 26, 359–383.
Howlin, P., (1997) Prognosis in autism: do specialist treatments affect long-term outcome? European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 6, 55-72.
International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (2001) Behavioral Interventions for Preschool Children with Autism. Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA) Technology Report, Issue 18, August 2001.
Jacobson, J.W., et al., (1998) Cost-benefit estimates for early intensive behavioral intervention for young children with autism: General model and single state case. Behavioral Interventions, 13: 201-226.
Lovaas, O. I., (1987) Behavioral treatment and normal educational and intellectual functioning in young autistic children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55, 3-9.
Follow up study: –
McEachin, J. J., Smith, T., & Lovaas, O. I., (1993) Long-term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 97 (4), 359-372.
Mudford, O., et al., (2009) Technical review of published research on applied behaviour analysis interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders: Auckland Uniservices Ltd. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education.
National Autism Center, (2009) National Standards Report – Addressing the need for evidence-based practice guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders. National Autism Center
New Zealand Guidelines Group. The effectiveness of applied behaviour analysis interventions for people with autism spectrum disorder. Systematic Review. Wellington; 2008.
Reichow, B., et al., (2009) Comprehensive synthesis of early intensive behavioral interventions for young children with autism based on the UCLA Young Autism Project model. J Autism Dev Disord31 (1): 23–41.
Remington, B., et al., (2007) A field effectiveness study of early intensive behavioral intervention: Outcomes for children with autism and their parents after two years. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 112, 418–438.
Roberts, J. M., (2003) A review of the research to identify the most effective models of best practice in the management of children with autism spectrum disorders. Sydney: Centre for Developmental Disability Studies.
Rogers, S. J., Vismara LA, (2008) Evidence-based comprehensive treatments for early autism. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 37 (1): 8–38.
Sallows, G., et al., (2005) Intensive behavioral treatment for children with autism: four-year outcome and predictors. Am J Ment Retard 110 (6): 417–38.
Smith, T., et al., (2000) Randomized trial of intensive early intervention for children with pervasive developmental disorder. American Journal on Mental Retardation 105: 269-285.
Drama in the courtroom: Defending the rights of children diagnosed with autism
Children diagnosed with autism have the right to access evidence-based practices that are necessary for their education and welfare. Oftentimes, parents of these children are not satisfied with the education provided by the State and they challenge education or health authorities in tribunals.
Usually, these tribunal hearings revolve around the inclusion/exclusion of the science called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in directing evidence-based practice.
Given that the number of these tribunals is rising, this paper addresses why it is important for judges and lawyers to be informed correctly about (1) the nature of ABA, (2) the reasons why parents petition for evidence-based practices to be grounded in ABA, (3) why education and health authorities petition against ABA, and (4) the combined influences of these issues on decision making.
Episode 1: Preparing for less intensive setting: Speakers: Liz Burns, ABA Supervisor and Michelle Frangos, Head of Pastoral at BeyondAutism – 1 x Type 2 CEU
Episode 2: Increasing independence for individuals with autism through the use of visual schedule: Speakers: Amy Sarrasin, ABA Supervisor and Tom Bailey, Head of Therapies at BeyondAutism – 1 x Type 2 CEU
Paddy Behan and Jo Coulson discuss all things related to PBS with the aim of taking conversation to a wider audience. This podcast will aim to cover both theory and practical applications in subjects such Organisational Behaviour Management, Practise Leadership and Family Perspectives. Paddy and Jo will be regularly joined by special guests who are leaders in their field of expertise.
The podcast is available here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/468220