Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Paper Session #75
Selected Topics Addressing Children With Developmental Disabilities
Saturday, May 26, 2012
4:00 PM–4:20 PM
LL04 (TCC)
Area: DDA
Chair: Laura R. Butler (Behavioral Support Parnership)

Using ABA to Teach Water Safety and Beginning Through Advanced Swim Skills to Children With Disabilities

Domain: Service Delivery
LAURA BUTLER (Behavioral Support Partnership), Amy Wilson (Behavioral Support Partnership)

There is very little research on the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA)to teach children with disabilities how to swim. To date, the current research in this area is almost3 decades old. Following an initial swim assessment,6 children with various disabilities and various swimming experiences were enrolled in a swim program that utilized the American Red Cross curriculum. Swim skills were taught using ABA strategies. At baseline, clients demonstrated a range of between2 to 11 different skills. Following 10 swim lessons, the clients demonstrated a range of between5 to 29 different skills. These results suggest that teaching swim lessons using ABA strategies may be a quick and efficient method of teaching children with various disabilities how to swim.




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