Ole Ivar Lovaas - His Life, Merits and Legacy


Kamil ÖZERK, Gunvor Dalby VEA , Svein EIKESETH, Meral ÖZERK


Abstract

Ole Ivar Lovaas (1927-2010) is known worldwide for his research within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, and is probably the most influential researcher within the field of treatment of children with autism. In the first part of this biographically oriented paper, we inform the readers about his family background, childhood, elementary and secondary school years, and his adolescent years during World War II in his first homeland, Norway, based on archival research and interviews. In the second part, we describe his life, academic studies, research and successes in his second home country, the United States. Finally, we briefly recount the impact Lovaas has had on the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and the treatment of and services for children with autism spectrum disorders in Norway and in the North America.


Keywords

Ole Ivar Lovaas, Autism, Applied behavior analysis

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Special Education
Pages 243 - 262
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 2, Special Issue: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Approaches to Training, Teaching, and Treatment
Date of acceptance 01 August 2016
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Author(s) Details

Kamil ÖZERK

University of Oslo, Norway


Gunvor Dalby VEA

University of Oslo, Norway


Svein EIKESETH

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway


Meral ÖZERK

Department of Complex Learning Disabilities, Oslo, Norway


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