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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

RBT Ethics Code


Registered behavior technicians are required to complete 40 hours of applied behavior analysis training. This training must include 3 hours of ethics training.

The RBT Ethics Code covers the categories of responsible conduct, responsibility to clients, and competence and service delivery.

Review the RBT Ethics Code at the BACB website.

A few of the items in the responsible conduct category include:


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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Behavior Reduction (Part 2 of 2)


Working in the applied behavior analysis field, a professional who is credentialed as a Registered Behavior Technician, is required to understand and properly implement the basic ABA principles. These concepts are listed in the Registered Behavior Technician Task List.

The RBT task list includes various categories of ABA concepts including: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can download and review the RBT Task List on the BACB website.

In our previous post, we discussed some of the concepts that are identified in the behavior reduction category. We will address additional items from the behavior reduction category in this post. Behavior reduction concepts in ABA refer to principles and strategies that are utilized to decrease the occurrence of maladaptive behaviors in the identified client.


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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Behavior Reduction (Part 1 of 2)


The Registered Behavior Technician is a credential that was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). This credential is typically a professional who is trained in applied behavior analysis. Additionally, they must be competent in general ABA principles, specifically those listed on the RBT Task List.

The RBT task list covers areas of applied behavior analysis including:

Measurement
Assessment
Skill Acquisition
Behavior Reduction
Documentation and Reporting
Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can see the RBT Task List here.

In this post, we will be covering specific skills identified in the behavior reduction category. This section addresses various ABA concepts that help to decrease the occurrence of undesired behaviors in the learner.


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Registered Behavior Technician Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 3 of 3)

The RBT Task list was developed by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). This resource identifies the ABA concepts that a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must be aware of and capable of implementing in applied behavior analysis services.

Topics on the RBT task list include: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can see the RBT Task List here: https://bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161019-RBT-task-list-english.pdf

The Skill Acquisition category of the RBT task list is one of the larger areas of the document. This section identifies specific ABA strategies and concepts related to improving a learner’s skills.

You can review additional skill acquisition information in the Skill Acquisition Posts Part 1 and Part 2.

In this post we will discuss the following concepts as they relate to skill acquisition in applied behavior analysis services:


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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 2)


The RBT Task list is a document from the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) which describes concepts that a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must be competent using in order to provide applied behavior analysis services.

There are a variety of topics on the RBT task list including: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. (https://bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161019-RBT-task-list-english.pdf)

Some of the topics identified in the Skill Acquisition category of the RBT task list includes the following concepts:


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Use Music to Reduce Vocal Stereotypy in Individuals with Autism

Vocal stereotypic behaviors are sometimes seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Although the behavior itself is not necessarily a problem, when it interferes with learning and development, the behavior may be important to address.

It is important to consider whether the behavior being targeted in ABA services is of social significance as this is one of the main characteristics of applied behavior analysis. Social significance refers to targeting areas which are important to the client, to man, or to society rather than simply an interesting theoretical concept.

In the case of vocal stereotypy, this may be considered a socially significant area specifically when the behavior is interfering with the individual from making progress in specific skill areas. Additionally, vocal stereotypy may impact social skills and communication skills making the behavior a socially significant issue.


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Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Data Collection in Everyday Activities

Measurement is an essential component of any applied behavior analysis (ABA) service. Measurement includes collecting data on various skills or behaviors.

Data collection and measurement are valuable in that, when completed correctly, these processes provide the information needed to accurately assess any situation or behavior. They also provide an opportunity to monitor progress or setbacks and ensure that interventions are effective.

Data collection and measurement could also be useful in everyday scenarios, such as attempts to lose weight (measuring pounds and calories), academics (getting grades on assignments), and building new habits (tracking completion of the identified habit).


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Naturalistic Intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis


Naturalistic intervention is an intervention strategy that is based on behaviorism and principles of applied behavior analysis. In naturalistic intervention, these principles are applied throughout daily routines or activities to improve an individual’s skills or decrease maladaptive behaviors.

In applied behavior analysis services, naturalistic intervention may not be utilized as much as it should be. Commonly, applied behavior analysis is viewed as discrete trial training (intensive teaching trials often completed at a table or desk). Naturalistic intervention should be considered as a useful and effective strategy, as well.

When planning to use naturalistic intervention, observe the child in their typical daily routines and activities. Then, make note of specific routines or activities that the child struggles with. Consider the skills that the child may benefit from learning or what specific behavioral issues the child is displaying.


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Providing ABA (applied behavior analysis) Services in Rural Areas

There are a lot of factors that affect service implementation when working in rural settings. For service providers in this type of setting, things come up that may not be as concerning or relevant in more urban setting.

Some factors that may come about when working in a rural setting in ABA or applied Behavior Analysis services include things such as encountering clients and or their families in the community, having the service providers children and client child or client's siblings interact in other non-professional settings such as at school, child care, church, etc.


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Data Collection in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Why is data collected in ABA?

Data is defined as “factual information (such as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
In ABA, data is used as the foundation for making decisions regarding the client or student’s treatment. Data is analyzed to inform the clinician whether progress is being made or not. Based on the data, the clinician will decide whether treatment should be modified in any way or continued in the same manner.