Learning New Skills Through Applied Behavior Analysis

September 22, 2014 11:01 PM

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Learning New Skills Through Applied Behavior Analysis

For a child with autism spectrum disorder, developing a new skill can manifest a significant level of stress, uncertainties and disinterest, resulting in fear of failure. Successful instruction requires much more generic task sequences. There are multiple variables to consider, including the child's personal interests, skills, weaknesses, aversions and motivators. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a person-centered approach, with an emphasis on the relevance of behavioral assessment and encouraging input from the child and their family, are all essential to drive the educational process.

It is suggested that behavioral educators use practical strategies that: (a) involve recipients of ABA in program design, (b) consider the values of the recipients and the implementers, (c) consider the skills of the implementers, (d) secure the approval and endorsement of both recipients and implem...

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