Home » Pro » Parenting » Reflections from a Children's Therapist » More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents

with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents

The last post in this blog identified some tips for providing ABA (applied behavior analysis) to adolescents and older children. This post will provide more tips on this topic, as well.

When working with younger children, it can be somewhat easier to take data particularly when doing discrete trial teaching when the child is sitting at a desk near the behavior technician. However, when working with adolescents taking data may be a little more challenging especially during more non-structured and interactive tasks.

Here are some examples of how behavior technicians can take data when providing ABA with adolescents as recommended by Woodward:

  • Interval Recording (Whole or Partial Interval)
  • Time Sampling (momentary)
  • Frequency
  • Trial Data

Some program goals could include:

  • Self-care
  • Functional routines
  • Communication skills
  • Self-management
  • Skills to improve behaviors and meet expectations at school
  • Vocational skills/Job skills
    • This link appears to have some useful information for teaching job skills.
  • Relationship skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Anything to help improve success in adulthood/transitioning into adulthood
  • Social Skills

Behaviors of the behavior technician should include:

  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Focus on rapport building
  • Taking accurate and sufficient data
  • Remaining consistent with ABA principles
  • Individualizing services to meet the preferences and needs of the client


Reference: Woodward, M. ABA with Teens & Adolescents. http://www.lcautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Autism-Conference-ABA-With-Teens-Adolescents.pdf.

Image Credit: yanlev via Fotalia

More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents

Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA. Heather is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Heather has also obtained a master's degree in clinical social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a youth services minor. Additionally, Heather is a freelance writer. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, happiness, and life coaching as well as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services.You can view her personal blog/website at www.hopefamilyresources.com and email her at hopefamilyresourcesllc@gmail.com.


No comments yet... View Comments / Leave a Comment

APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2017). More Tips for Providing ABA to Adolescents. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 18, 2018, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2017/01/more-tips-for-providing-aba-to-adolescents/