Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific discipline based on applying learning techniques to change behavior. It has theoretical, experimental, and applied branches; distinct research methods, scientific journals, textbooks, scholarly and professional organizations, and university training programs; as well as well-established, widely recognized professional practitioner standards and credentials. Applied Behavior Analysis is the application of the science to produce meaningful improvements in socially significant behaviors.
Everyday examples of ABA include:
- Developing an intervention plan to decrease behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, tantrums or increase behaviors such as academic work, physical abilities and language.
- Training interventions to carry out selected aspects of protocols with the client in every day settings. The behavior analyst may implement protocols as well.
- Ongoing supervision and monitoring of interventions.
- Ongoing, frequent direct observation measurement of target behaviors and review and analysis of graphed data.
- Adjusting protocols and targets based on the data, and training interventionists to implement the revised protocols.
- Periodically reviewing progress with the client, caregivers, intervention team, and funders (where applicable).
Who can provide Applied Behavior Analysis?
The National Certification Board, Behavior Analysis Certification Board (www.bacb.com) has established guidelines and required credentials that qualify a person to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) which include a minimum of Master’s Degree, required coursework, supervision hours, and passing a rigorous certification exam. Other levels include a doctoral level, an assistant level, and technician level.
Who can benefit from Applied Behavior Analysis?
We help anyone in need of behavior change but are most commonly known for working with children and adults diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities, and/or behavior disorders. In IL, common settings to employ a Behavior Analyst include agencies that provide in-home and in-clinic therapy to children, group homes for children and adults, hospitals, therapeutic day schools, and public schools
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