A Discussion of Positive Behavior Support and Applied Behavior Analysis in the Context of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the UK and Ireland

David Stalford, Scott Graham, Mickey Keenan

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Abstract

This article addresses the relationship between applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the emergence of positive behavior support (PBS) in context of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the UK and Ireland. Two overarching issues that are salient in this discussion are professional training and certification. To date, there has been a lack of standardized training or statutory requirements to practice PBS despite proponents insisting that its practice should be grounded in behavior analytic principles. Furthermore, there is an undercurrent of anti-ABA bias fueled by misinterpretation and unsubstantiated anecdotal claims used to promote an alternative “value based” approach to managing behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-023-00905-x
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalBehavior Analysis In Practice
Early online date25 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 25 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Positive behavior support
  • Autism
  • Science
  • Aversive procedures

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