A Case Study in the Misrepresentation of Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism: The Gernsbacher Lectures

Edward K. Morris
4.27 out of 5
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Morris, E. K. (2009). A case study in the misrepresentation of applied behavior analysis in autism: The Gernsbacher lectures. The Behavior Analyst, 32, 205-240.

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This article presents a case study in the misrepresentation of applied behavior analysis for autism based on Morton Ann Gernsbacher’s presentation of a lecture titled ‘‘The Science of Autism: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions.’’ Her misrepresentations involve the characterization of applied behavior analysis, descriptions of practice guidelines, reviews of the treatment literature, presentations of the clinical trials research, and conclusions about those trials (e.g., children’s improvements are due to development, not applied behavior analysis). The article also reviews applied behavior analysis’ professional endorsements and research support, and addresses issues in professional conduct. It ends by noting the deleterious effects that misrepresenting any research on autism (e.g., biological, developmental, behavioral) have on our understanding and treating it in a transdisciplinary context.

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33 reviews for A Case Study in the Misrepresentation of Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism: The Gernsbacher Lectures

4.27 out of 5
Based on 33 reviews
  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina Diane Salter (verified buyer)

    This article brings up the importance of knowing how to defend the field of ABA. Great article to include in the CEU library

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Russo (verified buyer)

    Good article. Solid reminder to use parsimonious strategies, question our work, and follow the data.

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  3. 2 out of 5

    Shannon H. (verified buyer)

    Good article but somewhat of a difficult read in my opinion. It was helpful in prompting me to think outside of the box in regards to “experts”.

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    Jennifer Smith (verified buyer)

    Loved the article and it’s content was pertinent.

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Harvey (verified buyer)

    This was an interesting article. It questioned techniques and opinions (facts but not data based or proven). This questioning reminds me of the importance to review work and ask for details and not just trust in what a highly regarded collegue/expert has written. Sometimes opinions are not facts!

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