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Importance of Classroom Skills in ABA

Children benefit greatly when service providers, parents, or teachers help them to develop behaviors and skills that are relevant to the classroom setting. There are many skills that are not explicitly taught in a typical classroom environment but that would help the child greatly in their current and future learning opportunities.

Children with autism spectrum disorder, with ADHD, dyslexia, or with any other learning difficulties oftentimes have difficulties in at least some behaviors related to learning or related to how to learn.

As a service provider, whether you are a teacher, a BCBA, or a therapist, evaluating children for behaviors related to the classroom and learning experiences that they encounter can help that child be more successful in learning and in life.

Kids should learn about how to use various writing utensils including crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens, pencils, and highlighters. Being able to use different types of writing utensils will give them the advantage to being able to generalize and strengthen their writing skills.

Being able to use different items to write on will also benefit kids throughout their learning experiences. This includes things like using a dry erase board, using colored paper, using lined paper, using a chalkboard, and also being able to type and use a computer.

Kids should be able to identify when their pencil needs to be sharpened and how to use a pencil sharpener, both an electrical sharpener and a handheld manual sharpener.

There are many classroom related behaviors that would also help a child in a number of possible jobs. Things like using a stapler, a copy machine, paper clips, a cork board, and scissors are skills that could be used in an office setting and at a number of jobs that a child might end up using.

Using a binder, using a filing system, and learning how to use binder dividers and labels are also classroom-related skills that children could learn that would help them in their current and future learning opportunities.

When kids are struggling in school, these and other basic yet significant skills are often overlooked. Be sure to take a closer look at your child’s (or your client’s) classroom-related skills if they seem to be struggling in school activities.

If you are an ABA provider who is providing ABA parent training, you could also consider ways to incorporate ABA parent training lessons in the area of classroom-related skills so parents can help their children work on these skills.

You can learn more about providing quality ABA parent training here.

Importance of Classroom Skills in ABA

Heather Gilmore, MSW, BCBA

Heather is a freelance writer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and social worker. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, as well as Autism, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services. You can view more articles and resources from Heather at and email her at [email protected] You can also advertise your autism services at one of Heather's websites: Heather is the developer of the "One-Year ABA Parent Training Curriculum."


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2019). Importance of Classroom Skills in ABA. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from