Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on the idea that by manipulating environmental stimuli surrounding a behavior, that behavior can be shaped and controlled. Those trained in applied behavior analysis use specific principles often in one-on-one and/or small group sessions to both decrease maladaptive behavior as well as increase crucial skills. Success is objectively measured through data collection and data display, thus eliminating individual subjectivity. The principles of ABA include but are not limited to the following: reinforcement, discrete trial training, shaping, chaining, task analysis, generalization, maintenance, prompting and prompt fading, data-based accountability, and functional analysis.
Research has clearly documented the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis methods in the education and treatment of people with autism (e.g., Matson et al., 1996; Smith, 1996; New York Department of Health, 1999; U.S. Surgeon General, 1999).
Children's Care has more ABA certified behavior analysts than any other organization in South Dakota. The following reasons below indicate why this is important:
Applied Behavior Analysis is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior. Children's Care forms a circle of support around each child it serves. This support is comprised of specialist in many fields who work together to develop programs, modify the child's environment, and implement programs that will improve the quality of life for that child.
Applied Behavior Analysis includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. Children's Care has clinicians trained in ABA who understand that important program decisions must be derived from collecting solid data through ongoing observations and assessments and measuring progress of each child to ensure that they are acquiring the skills needed for functional independence.
Applied Behavior Analysis examines antecedents & consequences, utilizes principles of reinforcement, programs for skill mastery and generalization, and utilizes many other principles of ABA to produce practical change. All programs and strategies at Children's Care are based on sound scientific principles and have a solid research foundation that proves their effectiveness. We want only the best for the children we serve.
For more information on Applied Behavior Analysis, visit the ABA website. Also see ABA's position statement on "The Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment" for individuals with disabilities at http://www.abainternational.org/ABA/statements/treatment.asp
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Standards for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) can be found at http://www.bacb.com/. These include coursework in various areas of applied behavior analysis, a mentored internship under a BCBA, and the ability to pass an examination. Once certification has been achieved, individuals must follow the conduct guidelines (also found on the website) and receive continuing education credits to maintain their certification. An individual's BACB certification status may be verified by going to http://www.bacb.com/ clicking on "Consumer Information," and then clicking "Registry."
The Posters Below Were Presented at the Interntational ABA Conference by Children's Care staff from Sioux Falls:
Reduction of Aggresion and Self Injury Using Noncontingent Reinforcement and Behavior Contract
Reduction of Noncommunicative Vocalizations Using Response-Cost and Delayed Response
The Use of Functional Communication Training and Differential Reinforcement to Reduce Attention-Maintained Aggression
The Posters Below Were Presented at the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis Conference by Children's Care staff from Sioux Falls:
A Factor in Determining Functional Vocabulary to Increase the Rate of Acquisition
The ongoing efforts of Children's Care of Sioux Falls and Rapid City to attract and educate staff in Applied Behavior Analysis is of tremendous benefit to our children and their parents. It represents our belief in the practice of evidence based medicine and methods.
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