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Interventions based on applied behaviour analysis (ABA) have been shown to improve outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there is very little research into outcomes for older pupils. This study evaluated the effectiveness of an ABA intervention for pupils with ASD and additional learning difficulties in a UK special needs school. The aim of the intervention was to reduce barriers to learning for individuals aged four to 13 years old. Behaviour analysts collaborated with school‐based teaching teams to design and implement function‐based behaviour support plans, individual education programmes and ABA teaching strategies, and to promote the generalisation of skills. Pupils were assessed at baseline and again following one academic year of intervention. The pupils demonstrated significant gains in learning skills, language and communication, social and play skills and self‐help …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-112
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Issue number1
Early online date6 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019
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