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ABA is a scientific approach for identifying environmental variables that influence behavior of social significance and for systematically developing a functionally related methodology to program for behavior change. Additionally, ABA focuses on skill acquisition. Skill acquisition can occur when a behavior analyst is teaching a new, functionally related alternative behavior (to replace an inappropriate problem behavior) or to teach academic, self-care, motor, social skills, etc.

So what does all this mean? Basically, behavior analysts study the environment in which the individual’s target behaviors are occurring. Using functional behavior assessments, they scientifically determine what factor of the environment is maintaining the target behavior (known as the FUNCTION of the behavior). Using this information, an intervention that addresses that same FUNCTION is implemented in order to create an appropriate and positive change in behavior! By socially significant, we mean that the behaviors targeted are those that may cause harm or interfere with the individual’s learning.

ABA is different from traditional psychology in that ABA focuses on observable behaviorsrather than what an individual may be thinking (also known as an individual’s cognitions). ABA techniques can be used in a wide variety of settings (schools, parent training, staff training, OBM, special education, self-management, etc), but it is important to note that the ABA theoretical approach lies heavily in manipulating the environment to create behavior change rather than changing an individual’s internal events, or thoughts. ABA’s theories are supported by empirical data that is obtained through controlled observation and measurement of behavior.

ABA is a scientific approach for identifying environmental variables that influence behavior of social significance and for systematically developing a functionally related methodology to program for behavior change. Additionally, ABA focuses on skill acquisition. Skill acquisition can occur when a behavior analyst is teaching a new, functionally related alternative behavior (to replace an inappropriate problem behavior) or to teach academic, s

ABA is a scientific approach for identifying environmental variables that influence behavior of social significance and for systematically developing a functionally related methodology to program for behavior change. Additionally, ABA focuses on skill acquisition. Skill acquisition can occur when a behavior analyst is teaching a new, functionally related alternative behavior (to replace an inappropriate problem behavior) or to teach academic, self-care, motor, social skills, etc.

So what does all this mean? Basically, behavior analysts study the environment in which the individual’s target behaviors are occurring. Using functional behavior assessments, they scientifically determine what factor of the environment is maintaining the target behavior (known as the FUNCTION of the behavior). Using this information, an intervention that addresses that same FUNCTION is implemented in order to create an appropriate and positive change in behavior! By socially significant, we mean that the behaviors targeted are those that may cause harm or interfere with the individual’s learning.

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