Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.
ASAT’s mission: We promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically sound information, advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment, and combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment.
Established in 1988, the B. F. Skinner Foundation promotes the science founded by B. F. Skinner and supports the practices derived from that science. The Foundation advances the understanding that a more humane world is achieved by replacing coercive techniques with positive procedures. We connect scholars, students, and the general public through our magazine, Operants. The Foundation's online and physical archives have a wealth of material from Skinner’s literary estate, from donations by his colleagues and students, and by family members. The Foundation promotes the new research and continues to maintain contact with professionals and students worldwide who are former students, or colleagues of B. F. Skinner or individuals interested in his work. The Foundation is also the prime contact for permissions for reproducing Skinner material or for translations of Skinner’s works.
The Cambridge Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to the solution of practical problems, including the prevention and relief of human suffering.
To achieve this mission, the Center has three goals: To create and deliver trustworthy information on high quality behavioral services and science around the world, to promote global collaboration among behavioral organizations, and to improve the future of behavioral science by educating and developing the next wave of behavioral scientists and practitioners.
The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.
The CEC Division for Research (CEC-DR) is a division of The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) devoted to the advancement of research related to the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. The goals of CEC-DR include the promotion of equal partnership with practitioners in designing, conducting and interpreting research in special education.
The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities is an organization composed of persons committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals, especially children and youth, with autism, intellectual disability and other developmental disabilities. The Division seeks to further the knowledge base of the field, thus ensuring the continued advancement of positive educational and life outcomes for those with autism and developmental disabilities.
ISET addresses the need, availability and effective use of technology and media for individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. Members receive the Journal of Special Education Technology and the ISET Connector newsletter.
The Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis is Indiana’s state chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). HABA as an organization primarily focuses on the promotion of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in an ethical, humane, and effective fashion in the state of Indiana.
The National Autism Center is May Institute’s center for the promotion of evidence-based practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.
About Special Kids is a resource for families that have a child with special needs. It’s a place to access information on topics such as health insurance, community resources and special education.
Answers for Autism is a volunteer organization founded by parents of children that have a diagnosis of autism. They create awareness of individuals on the autism spectrum through their grant program and fundraising events.
Autism Speaks, founded in 2005, is an autism science and advocacy organization in the United States. They sponsor autism research and conduct awareness and outreach activities aimed at families.
AVB Press was started in 2008 by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, who is the author of the VB-MAPP. Dr. Mark Sundberg is a member of BACA’s clinical team.
– Sundberg, M.L. & Partington, J.W.
This book provides an easy to understand introduction to Skinner s analysis of language (i.e., mands, tacts, & intraverbals) with easy to follow examples of everyday language skills demonstrated by children. The book contains a brief language assessment system; the Behavioral Language Assessment Form (BLAF) that will give parents and teachers a quick overview of a child s language skills (see the VB-MAPP for a more thorough assessment).
The Verbal Behavior Approach – Barbera, M. & Rasmussen, T.
The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it.
Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) – Sundberg, Mark L.
The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.
Essential for Living -McGreevy, Patrick, Fry, Troy & Cornwall, Colleen
Essential for Living, written by Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Troy Fry and Dr. Colleen Cornwall, is a functional skills curriculum, assessment and practitioner’s handbook.