with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


Examples of Goals to Address in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Applied behavior analysis as an intervention can address countless topics. Examples of the various areas that ABA services may assist with include things like:

daily living skills which include:

daily routines
time management
feeding and mealtime related skills
hygiene skills

expressive communication skills which include:

learning to vocally speak with words
expanding vocal language to using more complex language
improving conversational skills
greeting others and responding to greetings
asking for help
requesting items



Considering Long-Term Goals in ABA Services – Improving the Client’s Future

ABA is Detail-Oriented In Nature
The services of the field known as ABA - or applied behavior analysis - can be provided in a very detailed-oriented manner. This is a positive characteristic of this area of practice as it allows the client to make progress through identification of small units of behavior that can lead to more complex and significant change.

ABA services include initial and ongoing assessment which helps to identify the client's strengths and areas for...


Quality Characteristics of ABA Services for Individuals with ASD

This article will review some of the recommendations for what helps autism services to be considered quality services particularly when the autism services are provided from the framework of applied behavior analysis.

Per the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and in their document "Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers," there are particular characteristics of autism services that help to ensure individuals with ASD receive optimal care.
Recommendations for Quality ABA...


Don’t Pressure Every Kid with ASD to “Make Friends” or “Socialize More”

People, with or without autism spectrum disorder, have their own unique personality and temperament. Many people may also have diagnosed or undiagnosed behavioral health disorders based upon DSM criteria. In the case of autism spectrum disorder (as with any other disorder), an individual may have comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, or any of the numerous disorders in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

In addition to comorbid disorders, temperament may play a role in the way someone functions in day to day life.
Individuals with ASD May Not Have Many Friends


10 Good Things About ABA: Benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis

One of the most common definitions of applied behavior analysis - also known as ABA - is “the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for the improvement in behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2014)."

To define ABA in other terms, ABA could be seen as a scientific field of study and practice which includes practices and concepts that are based upon concepts relating to human and/or animal behaviors. These concepts are used to help people (or animals) to obtain important life changes by addressing issues related to quality of life and things that are meaningful to them. These efforts are completed while also using experimental-like procedures to ensure that progress is being made and that the intervention (ABA services) is truly making a difference.

Let's cover ten good things about ABA. This is just a sample list of the benefits and positive aspects of applied behavior analysis as there are many good things about ABA.


Brief Summary of the 6 Core Processes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy, also known as ACT, aims to increase one's psychological flexibility. This can be an important skill that many individuals who receive applied behavior analysis services could benefit from improving.

The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science defines ACT in this way:
"In theoretical and process terms we can define ACT as a psychological intervention based on modern behavioral psychology, including Relational Frame Theory, that applies mindfulness and acceptance processes, and commitment and behavior change processes, to the creation of psychological flexibility (Hayes, ND)."
Psychological flexibility is a complex concept. It includes being able to be in the present moment with your mind and your body in a way that allows you to be aware of what is happening in the now. Additionally, psychological flexibility includes being able to intentionally act in ways that are beneficial and helpful to yourself. By being more psychologically flexible, you can behave in ways that are connected to your own personal values and goals.

To obtain healthy levels of psychological flexibility, a person can utilize a combination of the six core processes of ACT.


6 Strategies for Using Applied Behavior Analysis in Schools

Applied behavior analysis is important and beneficial for all students. ABA strategies can be used to help all youth learn new skills and improve their quality of life. ABA is becoming more common as a service being provided to children with autism spectrum disorder within many communities. However, one difficulty for children of school-age is that many of them attend public schools where their ABA practitioners are not able to help them to generalize skills and improve their behaviors in that setting.

To help children in their everyday natural environment of being in a school setting, applied behavior analysis (and strategies and concepts found within the field of behavior analysis) should be more present within schools and individualized for each student.


Marketing Your Applied Behavior Analysis Practice

The BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts has multiple statements about advertising - or marketing - as it relates to behavior analysis services.

For instance, section : Public Statements, addresses the following topics:

Avoiding False or Deceptive Statements
Intellectual Property
Statements by Others
Media Presentations and Media-Based Services
Testimonials and Advertising
In-Person Solicitation

Looking more closely at each of these subsections in the Compliance Code can help ABA...


Collection of Parent Training Articles from this Blog: Reflections on Applied Behavior Analysis

To make it easier to learn about ABA parent training, we are presenting a collection from this blog: Reflections on Applied Behavior Analysis. This collection includes a list of many of our articles that relate to ABA parent training.

History of behavioral parent training
Is ABA Parent Training truly ABA? – Considering the 7 dimensions in parent training services
Theoretical Foundation of Parent Training
What is ABA Parent Training? – A Definition