Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

>> Sunday, March 29, 2009

Behavioral Analysis is the systematic study of variables that influence the behavior of an organism. ABA is the process of systematically applying what scientists have learned in the laboratory to significant behaviors in real life situations, such as home, school, and work. It is to help reduce inappropriate, self-injurious, and stereotypical behaviors; modify conditions under which interfering behaviors occur, teach new skills, and transfer and generalize behavior from one situation to another.

Behaviors have definable and measurable frequencies rates, durations and intensities and consist of specific actions that can be maintained, increased, or decreased. ABA is not a specified program, but rather many different programs that follow a set of principles and guidelines. Others use specific terms to describe actions therapist take with their clients.

Components of an ABA Program that allows the program to be efficient. ABA, like other therapies is most effective with autism children at a young age. Usually it begins at ages of two and eight. When the children are at this age therapists may use ABA methology to teach a pre-school curriculum including many skills. Areas can include the following: color, number and letter identification, vocabulary development, gross motor development with essential safety awareness skills, fine motor development and language and organization. ABA is compatible with other therapies. Integrating it with biomedical intervention, for which the C.A.R.D. Program is the model and can be extremely effective. ABA professionals are learning how to incorporated sensory integration into ABA henseforth most autistic children do have certain types of sensory issues. Mine sure do and I've even found myself to have a few.

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