M.A. School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Anxiety, Autism
Children with autism spectrum disorders; Anxiety disorders
Child Psychology | Special Education and Teaching
Children diagnosed with Autism may present numerous internalizing and externalizing behaviors. In order to help decrease problematic behaviors and promote positive behaviors, early intervention programs are often put into place. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a method of intervention based in operant conditioning, and is used to alter socially useful behavior (Kearney, A. 2008). Although ABA can be effective in decreasing problematic behavior, it could be argued that children diagnosed with Autism exhibit a range of symptoms that may be more internalizing in nature, and not particularly responsive to ABA (Herbert, Brandsma, 2002: Fryling, 2011). Research states that 84% of individuals diagnosed with autism experience an anxiety disorder and/or anxious behaviors (Ollendick, Oswald, Scahill & White, 2009). This study aimed to explore relationship between the level of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention and student anxiety.
Stavros, Alexis, "An exploration of student anxiety and the degree of ABA services" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 2333.