Clear, focused, and practical, this book is a useful introduction
to ABA for parents and professionals working with children with
autism. Successful child rearing is an essential skill for any
parent. For most of us this skill is handed down from our own
parents and society in general. In real terms this means that
rather than relying on any formal instruction to help us, we bring
up our children using skills based largely upon commonsense and a
willingness to do our best. These methods are, by-and-large,
successful in everyday situations. However, when it comes to more
difficult aspects of developing skills in out children, we need
something more dependable than good will. Applied Behavior Analysis
(ABA), the systematic implementation of scientifically proven
behavioral principles offers just hat. Aimed at enhancing people's
lives in ways that they or their careers feel are important, it
includes a variety of methods and techniques which can be used to
promote, decrease, or maintain skills for daily living.
ABA has been used to help children with autism for many years in
many countries. In Northern Ireland the PEAT group offers parents
the education necessary to become their own child's therapists
using ABA. In this book these parents and the professionals
involved in their training share their knowledge, experience, and
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