The functions of behavior! ABA focuses on the functions of behavior, why challenging behaviors occur and how to respond to those behaviors effectively. ABA uses scientific and evidence based practices to address challenging behaviors and understand their functions. Challenging behaviors can function for; Sensory, Escape, Attention and Tangible. These can also be known as the “SEAT” of ABA therapy!

The ABCs of ABA therapy! Antecedents are the events that happen right before a behavior occurs. When looking at the antecedent we can determine the best approach to teaching appropriate behaviors by modifying the antecedents. 

Behaviors is any action that the individual demonstrates which can be appropriate behaviors  or challenging behaviors. 

The Consequence is how others  respond to the behavior. The consequence can be used to teach and shapes new behaviors. Positive and negative consequences help children to learn appropriate and desired behaviors.

For this week’s discussion we will be going over “What is ABA?” Applied Behavior Analysis is now recognized nationwide as the most effective type of therapy for children with autism and related disabilities (Lovaas, 1987; McEachin, Smith, & Lovass, 1993; Maurice, Green & Luce, 1996). No other treatment for children with autism and related disabilities has provided extensive empirical research to validate it’s effectiveness with teaching language and communication. The field of ABA has proven that implementation of precise teaching procedures, through the process of motivational variables can result in significant improvements in children (Lovaas & Smith, 1989; Scheibman, 1988; Schreibman, Charlop & Milstein, 1993; Smith 1993).

Continuing this week’s topic for “What to do next?” we are sharing some fun resources for summer! With the weather getting warmer it is the perfect time for camps and activities!! Be sure to slide through to see our fun resources to use for summer!

What to do next? Continued! As we continue this weeks discussion for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, we have provided additional resources to utilize. Slide through to see each category and their resources!

As we finished last weeks discussion for “What is autism?”, we are starting off this week with our new topic “What to do next?”. In honor of autism awareness and acceptance month we will be going over some helpful resources on what to do next. ABS is here to help provide tools for you and your family to help your child grow and learn, even outside of ABA therapy! For a child receiving ABA therapy we understand the importance of connecting and communicating between all therapies, to best help your child!

What is autism? Continued! As we discuss what is autism this week, we have provided more information and resources to answer this weeks question! Be sure to slide through for more information of “What is Autism?” and resources for additional information.

Happy autism awareness and acceptance month! This week’s topic: What is autism? Throughout the week we will be going over the insights of autism, looking in depth at what autism is. Be sure to come back for more helpful information throughout the week! 

It’s time to celebrate! It is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! For the whole month of April we will be joining in the celebration of autism! Be sure to follow us on our journey of walking through the awareness, action, inclusion and acceptance of autism.