A taste of research List 3: ABA and a month of awareness

Every month is a designated as “{disorder/disease} awareness month.” October is no exception, with corporations and football cleats going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month, however, if you have friends who are educators or who have children with disabilities (no matter what their age), you might have noticed that your Facebook news feed and other social media sites are flooded with posts about National Dyslexia Awareness Month, National ADHD Awareness Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

This week’s list is in honor of all of those five October is {disorder} awareness month designations.

There are newly published articles and older publications. All worth the time it takes to read them.

Denton, T. F., & Meindl, J. N. (2016). The Effect of Colored Overlays on Reading Fluency in Individuals with Dyslexia. Behavior Analysis in Practice,9(3), 191–198. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-015-0079-7

May, M. E., & Kennedy, C. H. (2010). Health and Problem Behavior Among People With Intellectual Disabilities. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 3(2), 4–12.

Neef, N. A., Bicard, D. F. and Endo, S. (2001). Assessment of impulsivity and the development of self-control in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, (34), 397-408. doi:10.1901/jaba.2001.34-397

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Special Issue on Supported Employment

From research to practice: MammaCare

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Please check out the other posts in this series and share them!

List 1  List 2  Why a series of ABA beyond Autism Lists?

Remember, the lists I post as part of this series are not all inclusive. They provide a sampling of the type of work one can do as a behavior analyst/scientist outside the field of autism intervention.

Disclaimer: It is not too late to work with other populations if your training is with individuals with autism. Quite the contrary, we need more behavior scientists in other settings. If you do go to work in a public school setting or a eldercare setting or any other setting for that matter, make sure you form a relationship with a mentor who has worked in that setting for a minimum of 5 years or is otherwise deemed competent in the area you would like to provide services in (for more on this see the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code Section 1.02) ). There is so much to learn and reading journal articles alone won’t teach it to you! The articles that I will include in each week’s list are meant to pique your interest in other areas, not serve as substitute for intensive study and additional training, mentorship, or supervision.


Photo: Hershey Gardens, October 2014. Photo taken by Adrienne Fitzer