This ground-breaking resource demonstrates how genetic knowledge can influence our understanding of a child's behavior and therefore inform their behavioral support plan.
With expert advice and clear instructions, it shows exactly how to go about incorporating syndrome knowledge into ABA practice and start treating children with specific genetic syndromes more effectively. Six different genetic syndromes are covered in detail, ranging from Angelman syndrome to Williams syndrome. The book also includes general sections on genetic intellectual disability syndromes and an explanation of ABA methodology.
This will be an invaluable and enlightening book for ABA practitioners and other professionals supporting people with intellectual disabilities caused by a specific genetic syndrome from age 3 to young adult, providing the missing link between ABA and the role that genetics can play in accurate assessment and intervention.
"Radical behaviorism, the philosophy of science that underpins Applied Behavior Analysis, is entirely compatible with biological, genetic, and evolutionary approaches. In fact, we need a full understanding of genetics and biology in order to fully understand behavior, i.e., the interaction of the organism with the environment. For the first time in disability research, this book makes these links explicit. It is a must-read for any student of psychology or behavior analysis."--Professor Karola Dillenburger, ClinPsych BCBA-D, Director, Centre for Behavior Analysis, School of Education, Queen's University Belfast; Treasurer, European Association for Behavior Analysis
"Although our knowledge about genetic conditions leading to disabilities has increased significantly over the past decades, the field of applied behavior analysis has been slow to integrate this information into its practice. This timely book is unique in that it describes 6 common genetic syndromes and provides a thorough review of syndrome-specific research and extremely helpful advice for practitioners."--V. Mark Durand, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Co-Editor, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
"Genetic Syndromes and Applied Behavior Analysis is a welcome resource for ABA practitioners and other professionals seeking up to date information about genetic syndromes and how they can affect behavior. Taking us beyond simplistic one-dimensional views of ABA and genetics, Genetic Syndromes and Applied Behavior Analysis highlights the importance of the interaction between the unique genetic endowment and the unique environmental learning experiences of every individual. Well organized and clearly written, informative historical summaries and helpful literature reviews of innovative behavioral interventions are found throughout. ...I found Genetic Syndromes and Applied Behavior Analysis to be one of the most useful new books to cross my desk in recent years. This book is of great value not just to ABA professionals but to everyone working with these populations and will be at the front of my book shelf. I highly recommend this book."--Albert Kearney, clinical psychologist and author of Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis
Dorothy Griffiths, CM, OOnt, PhD, is a professor in the Child and Youth Studies Department and the Center for Applied Disabilities Studies at Brock University, Ontario. She has co-written and edited seven books and writes and speaks extensively on topics relating to developmental disability. Dorothy is a recipient of numerous teaching, research and advocacy awards, including the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
Rosemary A. Condillac, PhD, CPsych, BCBA-D, is an associate professor and psychologist working at the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, Ontario. Over the past 25 years she has worked as a scientitist-practitioner in the fields of intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and Applied behavior Analysis in community, educational, and clinical settings.
Melissa Legree, MADS, BCBA, is a behavior analyst working in private practice, Whitby, Ontario. The majority of her 14 years of experience in the field of disability studies and Applied behavior Analysis has been as a behavior consultant and ABA classroom supervisor at Lake Ridge Community Support Services, Whitby, Ontario and as a teaching assistant at the Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, Ontario.
336 pages. 2014