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Addressing Inconsequential Behaviors

As behavior analysts, we are formally trained to analyze only what is observable and measurable. While that has value in the right contexts, it’s also important to identify internal states that may be driving behavior. This helps us get to the root of the issue, rather than simply just addressing the tip of the iceberg

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Delivering Effective Praise

When we deliver praise that is detailed and specifically targeting a certain behavior, it increases the reinforcing value of a positive statement, and helps our children gain confidence and self worth. Instead of throwing out a “good job!” Or “nice work!” Try to think of something more direct, sincere and encouraging.   Offering specific praise

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What is ABA?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is best known for its success in treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities). Treatment in this area is effective across an individual’s lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, adulthood). In young children with developmental disabilities such as ASD, the goal of intensive, comprehensive

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The “Why” of Behavior

From a clinical standpoint, behavior is classified in terms of its function. A behavioral function can also be considered the “why” of a behavior. When a behavior is observed, a behavior analyst or technician will look at the behavior with what occurred immediately before and after. This helps us identify a pattern and therefore, a

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Presume Competence

“Rather than labeling individuals as “low functioning” or “high functioning,” we should recognize that people with autism vary in their ability to demonstrate competence. Our responsibility is then to presume, find, and strengthen that competence. “ John P Hussman, Hussman Institute for Autism One of the first and most important steps in preserving dignity and

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The Evolution of Modern ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has experienced significant growth since its beginning in the 1970s. The milestones of ABA therapy growth have come from unparalleled education, embraced positivity, public awareness, and continued acceptance. Unfortunately, many Autistic adults recollect negative memories with their own ABA therapy from childhood.  Previously practiced ABA therapy included the following techniques.  -Forced

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