We use out of the box ideas to bring success to our clients. However, at the same time we use principles based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) whose origins can be traced back to the early part of the 20th century. ABA is a science in which interventions based on the principles of behaviorism are applied in a systematic way to meaningfully improve socially important behaviors. There are many common myths of ABA and we want to take this opportunity to discuss some of them.
Myth #1 ABA is only for kids. ABA has been shown to not only be effective with children, but with our adult clients. Infact, its not just individuals with autism that ABA has been shown to be with effective with, but really our entire world population. We have seen ABA to be so effective with Autistic adults that we work with that use it in our personal lives as well. Whether it is our spouses, siblings, parents, or just about anyone we come in contact with we have used the principles of ABA to improve those relationships.
Myth #2 ABA ignores the clients feelings. When this is done with ABA services then ABA isn’t used properly. One of the important components of what we do and good ABA in general is reinforcement. Meaning we use what motivates our clients to increase/decrease a desired behavior. How the client feels is at the forefront of our intervention.
Myth #3 ABA is discrete trial training. Many believe ABA is all about sitting at a table and teaching a new skill through discrete trial training. While discrete trial training is an important concept of ABA, it is far from the only concept of this science. Most of our teaching is done in the natural environment whether it is in the home, work, or community setting. What this means is that we teach the skills in the environment that they will be used. Take an individual we are supporting at their place of employment. Maybe the client is struggling with communication with his/her fellow employees. We are there at that moment to help using correct prompting and reinforcement for the individual to improve their communication with others on the job.
Myth #4 40 hours of ABA are needed per week for a positive effect. We have found that much less than 40 hours a week are necessary. Our clients have been some great progress toward their goals with less than 10 hours a week. However, ABA works just like anything else. The more you do it, the better you will get at it. This is just a matter of common sense.
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