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Public School Frequently Asked Questions

Public Schools Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where can I obtain information about educational services for youth with developmental disabilities?
  1. Does the State of New Jersey recognize Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certification in school settings?
    • Yes, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) announced the creation a BCBA “job code” on August 26, 2014.
    • More information can also be found at the Autism New Jersey website.
    • Although the DOE has established a job code for BCBAs practicing in school settings, the BACB certifications are NOT recognized as a NJDOE certification.
    • As of this writing, BCBAs who do not hold a DOE-recognized certificate are not eligible for Educational Services Certificates (ESC) for support service personnel.
  1. What curriculum and programming guides are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and used in public school classrooms?

Curriculum Guidelines

Blanco, S. (2014). ABA Curriculum for the Common Core: Kindergarten. New York: Different Roads to Learning, Inc.

Eden Autism Services. (2012). Eden Autism Assessment and Curriculum Series. Princeton, NJ: Author.

Leaf, R. B., & McEachin, J. (1999). A work in progress: Behavior management strategies and a curriculum for intensive behavioral treatment of autism. New York: DRL Books.

McGreevy, P., Fry, T., & Cornwall, C. (2012). Essential for living: A communication, behavior and functional skills assessment, curriculum and teaching manual for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A.

Partington, J. W. (2006). Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R). Pleasant Hill, CA: Behavior Analysts.

Partington, J. W., and Mueller, M. M. (2012). Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). Pleasant Hill, CA: Behavior Analysts, Inc. and Stimulus Publications.

Re-Think Autism, Inc. (2011). Re-Think Curriculum. New York.

Sundberg, M. L. (2008). Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP): A language and social skills assessment program for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. Concord, CA: AVB Press.


Direct Instruction

SRA Reading Mastery

SRA Connecting Math Concepts

SRA Language for Learning

SRA Language for Thinking

SRA Spelling Mastery

  1. What are some other tools that behavior analysts have found useful for use in ABA classrooms?

Edmark Reading

Menu Math

Project Read- Language Circle Enterprises

Reading A-Z

Reading Milestones

Touch Math / Touch Money/ Touch Time

Social Skills

Baker, J. (2006). Social skills picture book for high school and beyond. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Baker, J. (2003). Social skills training for children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and social-communications problems. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Baker, J. (2001). The social skills picture book: Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Madrigal, S., & Garcia Winner, M. (2008). Superflex … A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum. San Jose, CA: Think Social.

McGinnis, E., & Goldstein, A. P. (2011). Skillstreaming the elementary school child: New strategies and perspectives for teaching prosocial skills (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press. (early childhood and adolescent levels available)

Orth, T. (2006). Visual recipes: A cookbook for non-readers. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

  1. What resources exist to inform our practices when students exhibit dangerous behavior and safety measure such as physical restraint and seclusion are warranted?