ABA Math - Introduction
ABA Math is a program to help autistic kids learn rote arithmetic facts. It
is modeled after the Applied Behavioral Analysis methods pioneered by
Ivor Lovaas at UCLA.
For each math fact (e.g., 1+2=3) the program takes the
student through the various stages of descrete trials until the fact is
mastered. The program is intended to be used by the student while under
the direct supervision of a teacher or therapist.
ABA Math was written by the father of an eight-year-old autistic boy. The boy
has been receiving ABA therapy since age three through the
Wisconsin Early Autism Project
(a Lovaas replication site), and individualized instruction
at his local school. Both have been very successful. He has learned to
read using the outstanding
Edmark Reading Program.
However, his teachers,
therapists and parents have been unable to locate similar software for
learning Math. So they have written it themselves.
ABA Math is being released as an
software project under the
GNU General Public License.
Briefly, this means that anyone can copy and
use the program as well as its source code. People who know how to program
may modify the source code to change or improve on the program. However,
if any such modified programs are redistributed, they must include the
modified source code so that others may further improve on the program.
The author of ABA Math hopes to find other programmers who are interested
in working on the program (possibly parents or teachers). The Open Source
development model allows the talents and efforts of many to benefit the
greater autism community.
People who try ABA Math are urged to
contact the author
with their comments,
good or bad. All feedback is important, even that which appears to be minor
or insignificant. It is critical to developing a high quality program that
can be used to help a lot of kids.
Note: ABA Math is still under development, so you
should be prepared to encounter problems.