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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

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 Services for Individuals with ASD:

  • An objective assessment is used to evaluate the client’s functioning
  • Data collection is used to help the clinician gather information
  • The clinician considers how the targeted behaviors exist within the client’s environment and daily life
  • The clinician considers the function and value of the behavior(s) for the client and their family
  • Services focus on improving the health, independence, and quality of life of the client
  • Principles of behavior are used throughout services
  • Consistent and ongoing assessment is used to help guide services
  • Baseline data is collected before implementing treatment
  • Social significance of behaviors are considered
  • Behaviors and goals are broken into smaller units as needed
  • Objective data is gathered throughout intervention as well as at follow-up to ensure treatment is effective
  • The clinician addresses ways to make changes to the client’s environment to help them achieve their goals
  • Function-based interventions are used in services
  • An individualized and detailed treatment plan is used
  • Treatment interventions that are designed for the individual client are used consistently
  • Changes to treatment are based on observation and data analysis
  • Parent training and training of other involved people and professionals is provided to help generalize and maintain skill acquisition
  • The clinician provides comprehensive supervision of assessment and treatment plans

Reference:

Behavior Analyst Certification Board. 2014. Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers. Version 2.0. Retrieved from: https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ABA_Guidelines_for_ASD.pdf

Quality Characteristics of ABA Services for Individuals with ASD


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 www.abaparenttraining.com and email her at [email protected] can also advertise your autism services at one of Heather's websites: www.LocalAutismServices.com.Heather is the developer of the "One-Year ABA Parent Training Curriculum."

 


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2019). Quality Characteristics of ABA Services for Individuals with ASD. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 15, 2019, from https://pro.psychcentral.com/child-therapist/2019/09/quality-characteristics-of-aba-services-for-individuals-with-asd/