There are seven dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis; conceptually systematic may be one that needs a little more explanation… Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a controversial and unfortunately divisive topic in the autism treatment sphere. From parents who believe the behavioral techniques have helped their kids on the spectrum thrive, to autistic adults who feel

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

An ABA therapist answers parents’ most pressing questions about ABA therapy. Q. How is a child’s progress measured/monitored in ABA? A. Data collection is critical in ABA therapy, enabling therapists to access behaviors and develop goals and a treatment plan while consistently monitoring progress. A child’s progress is measured and monitored through constant data collection.

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Angela West, MS, BCBA, LBA

Two academics analyze the nuts and bolts of ABA therapy in the autism community. Behavior analysis incorporates a field, philosophy, and science (Morris, Altus, & Smith, 2013). Experimental analysis of behavior is the science of behaviorism. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of that science to human behavior. The early practitioners of ABA described

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Rachel Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D

Noncontingent reinforcement is a method of behavior modification that is used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to reduce challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other developmental disabilities or differences. Noncontingent reinforcement gives continuous access to a reinforcer that is independent of a specific behavior. Noncontingent reinforcement, also known as NCR, is

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Carol Tatom, RBT

Trigger analysis in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) provides a way for negative or challenging behaviors to be identified and observed.  Trigger analysis can be used by parents with a child, by teachers with a student, or by anyone who wants to monitor challenging behaviors with the goal of intervention to help an individual alter his/her

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Carol Tatom, RBT

If you’re the parent of a child who has recently been diagnosed with autism, ensuring he/she receives the best support is likely to be at the top of your agenda. ABA therapy, otherwise known as Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, monitors behavioral changes to identify whether a child’s social development and communication skills are progressing while

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Carol Tatom, RBT

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy utilized for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are controversial thoughts surrounding this type of therapy, but it has been researched as an evidence-based practice by The American Psychological Association and various studies. There are many forms of therapy that offer more holistic approaches and

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

When school is out for summer, many parents appreciate that their children’s days are no longer consumed with reading, writing, and arithmetic. But for children on the autism spectrum, the changes to their daily routines and structures brought on by summer vacation often present challenges and sometimes even setbacks. Families should certainly take some much-needed

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Braden Josephson, PhD, BCBA-D

Parents are always researching the best therapies and supports for their children on the autism spectrum. In doing so, one of the first options that comes up is likely to be ABA therapy. This approach is designed to help children build life and social skills while adapting challenging behaviors. However, ABA therapy for autism has

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Emily Ansell Elfer, BA Hons, Dip

After receiving your child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you probably felt a flurry of emotions. Perhaps you were shocked, thinking to yourself on the drive home, “but my kid talks.” Perhaps you were relieved, finally having confirmation that your sneaking suspicions about your child’s delays were valid. Whatever you felt, you took the

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Megan Cicolello, MS, BCBA

When not fully understood, applied behavior analysis (ABA) may seem like an overwhelming treatment option for children diagnosed with autism. Many people are unsure what ABA is, what it can do and why it is used. Simply put, ABA is a science that uses reinforcement strategies to increase or decrease socially significant behavior. Based on

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Vanessa Beibide-Zanetich, BCBA, MEd

Behavioral interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) have often been criticized for their methods of changing behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) based on the belief that there’s a ”right” way to behave according to society’s expectations.  Although the debate is ongoing, the work of behavioral therapists still remains functional, and many parents

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

Recently Autism Parenting Magazine received a question about an 8-year-old boy with autism who engaged in challenging behavior in a school.  Specifically, a grandparent was worried about the child’s meltdowns which included kicking, hitting and saying some bad words. The person had concerns regarding the effectiveness of what was being done by a Behavior Therapist

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in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA