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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Autism

Rosemarie Griffin, MA, CCC/SLP, BCBA, COBA

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Autism is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides evidence-based behavioral interventions for the minimally verbal child with autism.

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is holding steady at one in 54 children. The communication challenges of these children are widely known and require specialized early interventions to overcome them. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is often described as the "gold standard" for autism treatment. 

This course presents evidence-based strategies that can enable students with ASD and others who are verbally limited to become more effective communicators. The focus will be on the minimally verbal child, the child who has a small repertoire of spoken words or fixed phrases that are used communicatively. Included will be an overview of autism spectrum disorder, an introduction to the science of ABA, the use of manding in communication training, techniques for direct instruction programming, and inter-professional collaboration strategies. Major points are illustrated throughout by case studies from actual practice.

Course #21-43 | 2020 | 46 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List communication impairments associated with autism spectrum disorder
2. Describe the basic concepts of applied behavior analysis
3. Identify strategies for encouraging communication through manding
4.Name techniques for collecting data for assessment and goal setting
5. Identify major points illustrated in the clinical examples
6. List inter-professional collaboration strategies for use in working with a student with autism

AOTA Approved Provider

Professional Development Resources is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course provider ID# 3159. This distance learning-independent course is offered at 0.2 CEUs, intermediate level, OT service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners; the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice; the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635) (all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Participant successfully completed the required assessment component for this activity.


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Rosemarie Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA, COBA, is licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education, and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also licensed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and by the Ohio Board of Psychology. She completed her Master’s degree at Kent State University, her education specialist degree in school administration from Cleveland State University and coursework leading to licensure as a board certified behavior analyst from the University of North Texas. To learn more about modified leisure skills or to gather information about using applied behavior analysis to help students increase their communication skills, check out her website www.abaspeech.org.

Financial: Rosemarie Griffin receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
: Rosemarie Griffin is the owner of ABA Speech LLC.

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