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Applied Behaviour AnalysisTo investigate and reflect on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)with students who have Autism.AimsThe aim of my project was to gain knowledge of Applied BehaviourAnalysis and its effectiveness in working with children with Autism.My focus questions ask• What are the key principles underlying Applied Behaviour Analysis andhow and why it benefits children who are autistic?• What is involved in setting up an Applied Behaviour Analysis programin the classroom environment?Both focus questions have helped me to investigate ABA, implementstrategies that ABA employ and reflect on the program as a whole.I became part of a withdrawal program established for the purpose ofintensive early intervention based on the principles of ABA. Harris, (2002p19) explains “Applied Behavior Analysis takes basic principles inbehaviour science and emphasizes the intensity that is needed forparticular children”. As I progressed through my journey I discovered thatABA was indeed an extremely effective intervention program for autisticchildren. I felt that the whole process was a huge learning curve which inturn has had positive affects on my future practice.PARTS OF THE REPORTRationaleExplains why I embarked on this particular topic, process I used indecided topic, list of research strategies to achieve aims, Kemmis &McTaggarts (1988) Action Research Planner modelProcess
-What were the key principles underlying Applied Behaviour Analysis andhow and why this benefits children who are Autistic, discussion of trials,repetition and prompting.-What is involved in setting up an Applied Behaviour Analysis Program –Discussion of reflective journal, reviewing literature and mentor teacher.- Further discussion of Kemmis and McTaggarts (1988) Action ResearchPlanner modelReflective Discussion- Introduces overall feelings about evidence obtained- What this means for teachers- What this means for educators- What planned strategies worked wellConclusion- Aims re-stated- Inclusively, accepting and providing for allContextABA is carried out in an early childhood education setting. I completedmy action research project in a large government school in a low socioeconomic area in the northern suburbs. The program had beenoperating successively for three years. This school valued ABA as anintegral part of the Special Education Scheme for children withintellectual disabilities for not only Austism but Attention Decifit Disorder(ADD) and Global Developmental Delay (GDD).Professional backgroundI am currently completing a Minor in Special Education with MurdochUniversity. In previous prac placements I have worked with primary agestudents whom have intellectual disabilities. Prior to completing thisaction research I only had minimal experience and exposure to studentswith Autism. Working as part of an intensive treatment program designedfor small groups of students with Austism was something I knew I could

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