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ABA Definition

 

 

 

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of changing socially significant behavior. 

 

 ABA Therapy is an umbrella term that covers many styles of teaching/treatment, such as Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Discrete Trial Training (DTT). ABA professionals mainly work in the areas of behavior reduction or skill acquisition.

 

The key is that the ABA treatment must be early and intensive for maximum benefit (although improvement is always possible).

 

                                

                                  Parents of children diagnosed as early as 18 months may choose an in home program                                   due to their child’s age. There are skills that are difficult to address in a center such as                                   family interactions, sibling rivalry, sleep issues, eating problems, daily routines,                                             bathing, toilet training, potty schedule, etc. that would be more appropriate to address                                   through an in home program. Generalization of skills from the therapy setting to the                                       naturalistic setting doesn’t always occur and spending a few hours in home or                                               community is enough to help the child be successful.

 

 

 

 

Examples of ABA Therapy goals include:
 

  • Increase attending behaviors
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Extinguish self-injurious behaviors (SIB's)
  • Reduce tantrumming behavior
  • Increase play behaviors with siblings
  • Generalize skills across environments
  • Successful homework completion
  • Increasing compliance to adult directives
  • Provide parent education in the area of behavior management 
  • Intensive, comprehensive treatment (often appropriate for early intervention learners presenting with broad skill deficits and intensive problem behavior)
  • Brief, focused treatment (often appropriate for advanced learners presenting with a few areas of skill deficit, or moderate problem behavior)

 

ABA Therapy Explained

 

 

ABA Therapy focuses on understanding behavior by its function, combined with examining the environment in order to develop a comprehensive strategy for behavior reduction.

 

ABA Therapy incorporates behavioral techniques such as reinforcement, prompting, consistent consequences, and extinction. Strengths are generalized and expanded upon, and deficits are replaced with skills in order to help the individual be more successful in their environment.

 

Being a behavioral therapeutic method, ABA Therapy focuses on what is observable and measurable. Precise and frequent data collection drives the course of treatment. ABA Therapy can take place in the home setting, school setting, community setting(s), or at a center/clinic. ABA Therapy is usually provided by ABA therapists, and the therapists should be supervised by a Consultant (usually a Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

 

More facts about ABA

 

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted as one of THE most effective treatments for behavior change, although many people still think ABA treatment is only for individuals with Autism. ABA is much broader than that, and should not be reduced down to only being effective with one specific population.

 

     You have likely heard ABA & ABA Therapy used interchangeably, but from reading this post you now know that ABA is a scientific study of behavior. Now let's talk about ABA Therapy.


ABA Therapy is an umbrella term that covers many styles of teaching/treatment, such as Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment Teaching (NET),  and Discrete Trial Training (DTT). ABA professionals mainly work in the areas of behavior reduction or skill acquisition.

Operant Conditioning states that behaviors that contact reinforcement are strengthened, and behaviors that contact punishment are weakened. ABA is the process of manipulating the environment (what the individual finds reinforcing or punishing) in order to increase or decrease behaviors. 
 

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