About ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA is the applied science of learning and behavior!​

It tells us:

  1. Why a particular behavior is happening
  2. How the environment affects behavior
  3. What we can do to help a behavior change

What types of behaviors does ABA change?

ABA provides the groundwork for how to change ANY behavior, but ABA therapy really focuses in on two specific areas:

  1. Problem Behaviors

These could be behaviors like hitting and kicking, wandering or running away, yelling, screaming, and tantrums that disrupt a child’s life and prevent them from being able to participate in everything they should!

  1. Skill Deficits

These are behaviors that a child may be missing, like communication skills, social skills, self-care skills, self-cal,ing skills, or appropriate play skills. Lacking these behaviors also result in a child not being able to live life to the fullest because they cannot access and participate in the world around them!

How does ABA change behavior?

ABA uses scientifically proven methods to analyse the situation and make changes to the environment and contingencies in order to change behaviors!

Using this information, Behavior Analysts create individualized programs that set up the opportunity for children to learn the skills they need to engage in appropriate behaviors instead of problem behaviors and to be able to successfully participate in their home, school, and community!

ABA uses scientifically proven methods to analyse the situation and make changes to the environment and contingencies in order to change behaviors!

Using the “ABC’s” behavior analysts identify:

  1. Antecedents

What comes before a behavior and sets up the motivation and the timing for a behavior to occur

  1. Behaviors

What the child is actually doing or needs to do

  1. Consequences

What rewards or punishments are maintaining the behavior or discouraging the behavior from occurring again

Who is qualified to provide ABA therapy?

Your therapy team will likely be made up of several individuals who have been certified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the qualifications to provide ABA therapy.

These include:

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)

These are individuals with a Master’s degree who have completed extensive education and fieldwork requirements and passed the BACB exam in order to achieve this certification.  All ABA therapy programs should be headed by a BCBA!

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)

These are individuals with a Bachelor’s degree who have completed educational and fieldwork requirements and passed the BACB exam in order to achieve this certification. All BCaBA’s are required to receive supervision from a BCBA.

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

RBT’s are generally the person who will be implementing your child’s program on a daily basis. These individuals have completed an educational course, hands-on competency exam, and the BACB exam in order to achieve this certification. All RBT’s are required to receive supervision from BCaBA’s or BCBA’s.

Resources

Autism Speaks
https://www.autismspeaks.org/ – Autism Speaks provides a variety of information and support services for individuals and parents of individuals who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
ASAT
https://asatonline.org/ – ASAT provides free access to current, high quality research on Autism treatment.
CARD
https://cfl.ucf-card.org/ – CARD provides support, information, and advocacy services for parents of children diagnosed with Autism.
BACB
https://www.bacb.com/about-behavior-analysis/ – The BACB is the certification board that governs the BCBA,  BCaBA, and RBT certifications. They provide and enforce ethical guidelines for these practitioners.

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