Teach Children with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis

An overview of applied behaviour analysis (i.e., ABA) and a program to teach your child responding to name at home
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

In this course:

  • 26 lectures and hours of content
  • Quizzes and assignments to increase understanding and retention
  • Future extra lectures included for free

This course will teach you the basic tools used by behaviour therapists to teach children with a special needs a variety of different skills, including life skills (e.g., how to use the toilet, toothbrushing), pre-academic skills (e.g., making eye contact, attending to the teacher, keeping hands to self), and academic skills (i.e., writing, math).

Anyone looking for a general method for teaching using the principles of reinforcement, extinction, and punishment will find this course helpful to understand and begin to apply these concepts in a one on one learning environment.

Quizzes, data sheets, and case studies will be included to help clarify concepts and solidify understanding of the course material.

This course should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

The structure of the course will be an introduction to the basic concepts including formal definitions and "layperson" explanation, examples, quiz, a case study, and then an assignment.

This course will help you understand what teaching methods work for children with autism. Typical group learning environments are often unsuitable for young children with severe autism. By taking this course, you will learn the special techniques used by behaviour analysts to help teach children with special needs.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer
  • An internet connection
  • A printer (not mandatory, but helpful for printing data sheets)
  • Being able to work directly with a child with autism will allow you to fully complete the assignments in this course, which are geared towards hands-on teaching

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the medical definition of autism
  • Recognize signs of autism in young children
  • Understand the basic principles of applied behaviour analysis
  • Be able to set up an appropriate learning environment for a child with special needs
  • Collect data on specific and observable behaviours
  • Understand how children with autism learn skills
  • Be equipped to teach a child with autism how to respond to their name!

Who is the target audience?

  • Parents, care-takers, and family members of children with autism
  • Classroom teachers with little to no background knowledge about autism spectrum disorder looking for effective learning strategies to employ in the classroom
  • Students enrolled in psychology or behaviour science courses who want a refresher on the basic principles of applied behaviour analysis

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Started: A Quick Review of Udemy Tools

This lecture introduces the course and explains how to use some of the helpful Udemy tools to get the best out of this course.


A brief overview of the people who will likely benefit most from this course


An overview of how to use the note-taking tool and the downloadable resources tool.

Section 2: Introduction: Understanding Autism
Pre-test: What do you know about autism?
5 questions

How doctors define autism and what criteria are required for a diagnosis


Behaviours (or absence of behaviours) that may indicate a child is on the autism spectrum

Pre-Test: Reinforcement, Punishment, and Extinction
4 questions

An overview of treatments which have been proven effective by the scientific community

Post-test: What do you know about autism?
5 questions
Section 3: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

This lecture briefly explains how reinforcement, punishment, and extinction work together to explain how learning occurs when using applied behavior analysis.


Definitions and example of reinforcement, the differences between positive, negative, and automatic reinforcement.


What punishment is NOT (in the world of behaviour analysis), examples of punishment, and why reinforcement is almost always superior as a teaching tool.


What extinction means, why it is useful as a teaching tool, and how it fits in with reinforcement and punishment.


This lecture is just a quick recap of the information to help you prepare for the quiz at the end of the section.

Assignment 1
4 questions

This quiz tests the definition and examples of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction

Section 4: Teaching a Skill: Responding to Name

This lecture will help you define with responding to name will look like

Take Baseline Data
Assignment 2: Responding to Name Baseline
Create a Data Sheet
Teaching Steps
Choose Reinforcers
Erroring and Prompting
Filling Out the Data Sheet

This assignment will let you practice recording data from text-based scenarios similar to the previous lecture.


This lecture brings together and summarizes the teaching process.


This lecture reviews potential barriers to learning and some suggestions for how to work around them.

Section 5: Conclusion
Wrapping Up and Feedback

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Instructor Biography

Mark Davison, Behavior Therapist, Special Needs Worker

I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis specializing in teaching behaviour therapy to children with autism.

I have been working with children with special needs for four years and have a passion for making effective learning strategies available to caretakers, instructors, and family members to increase the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum.

I have experience working with children and teenagers in a one-to-one instructional setting, a group setting, and delivering in-home service. I am comfortable teaching foundational skills such as toilet training, toothbrushing, eating using a fork and a knife, and tolerating receiving a haircut. I also am trained to teach pre-academic skills such as looking when called by name, waiting to access toys, and sitting at a desk or table for appropriate amounts of time.

I am passionate about teaching parents and caretakers how to teach their child on the autism spectrum effectively. My courses will offer the background, technical knowledge, and specific teaching strategies required to teach children on the autism spectrum a variety of skills. Course material will be presented in a simple, accessible manner so that anyone can learn and apply this knowledge.

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