Q: What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
A: “Applied behavior analysis is the is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change” (Cooper, Heron, and Heward, 2007).
Terms such as discrete trial teaching (DTT), natural environment training (NET), incidental teaching (IT), and task analysis (TA) refer to teaching strategies/procedures often employed within the behavior analytic paradigm. These terms are not synonymous with ABA. That is, they are formats in which to teach a particular skill or concept using the principles of behavior to assist the acquisition of skills and concepts. Verbal Behavior (VB) is concerned with the application of the principles of behavior at the level of communication. ABACS, LLC services adhere to the seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis, and use any or all of the teaching strategies listed above, as appropriate, to help each learner achieve success.
Q: Is there evidence that ABA is effective?
A: Yes. Research has demonstrated positive effects of behavior analytic treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Some examples include Lovaas (1987), McEachin, Smith, & Lovaas (1993), Eikeseth, Smith, & Eldevik (2002), Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw (2005), and Sallows & Graupner (2005).
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