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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

The Purpose of ABA According to the BACB Guidelines (with tips for parent training)

In the executive summary of the ABA Guidelines for ASD developed by the BACB, the following statement is made:

“The purpose of this document is to inform decision-making regarding the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to treat medically necessary conditions so as to develop, maintain, or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in ways that are both efficacious and cost effective.”

Let’s take a closer look at what this means for our ABA services – specifically as it relates to parent training.

When providing ABA parent training, remember that, per the BACB Practice Guidelines (2014), you are aiming to “develop, maintain, or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in ways that are both efficacious and cost effective.”

Now, let’s break this into smaller pieces to help digest what it really means to provide ABA to families impacted by autism spectrum disorder according to the practice guidelines for ASD.

ABA parent training is a service that can help to

  • develop – to create growth over time1,
  • maintain – to keep in an existing state or persevere2 ,
  • or restore – to bring back to a previous state3,
  • to the maximum extent practicable – to the level that is reasonably expected to be capable of putting into practice or of being accomplished4,
  • the functioning – the purpose or actions of which a person is designed to perform5
  • of individuals with ASD in ways that are both
  • efficacious – able to produce results6
  • and cost effective – producing quality results without requiring excessive expenses7.

So, basically, ABA parent training services should help individuals with ASD to learn new skills, maintain learned skills, or restore previously acquired skills to the greatest degree reasonably possible in a way that supports who that individual is as a human being as well as with both cost-effectiveness and realistic outcomes in mind.

References:

Behavior Analyst Certification Board (2014). Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ABA_Guidelines_for_ASD.pdf [p.3]

  1. develop. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/develop
  2. maintain. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maintain
  3. restore. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restore
  4. practicable. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practicable
  5. functioning. Merriam-Webster. (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/functioning
  6. efficacious. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/efficacious
  7. cost effective. Merriam-Webster (2019). Retrieved July 9, 2019 from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cost-effective
The Purpose of ABA According to the BACB Guidelines (with tips for parent training)


APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2019). The Purpose of ABA According to the BACB Guidelines (with tips for parent training). Psych Central. Retrieved on August 22, 2019, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2019/07/purposeofabaparenttraining/