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Talk the Talk

In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we analyze not only behaviors targeted for increase or decrease, but the environmental cues and contexts that surround them as well.  ABA uses something called the three-term contingency, or the ABCs of behavior, to examine how behaviors are evoked by certain aspects of the environment. We...

Clients receiving ABA therapy are part of a treatment team that is comprised of their family, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and one or more Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). Clients and families provide important information about day-to-day life, important cultural practices, long- and short-term goals, and clients’ interests. Board-Certified Behavior Analysts and RBTs both use their training in ABA therapy to help clients...

One of the goals of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is to help people learn the skills they need to be successful in their daily activities. Said another way, teaching a person what to do (i.e., target behavior) in a situation (i.e., cue) to get a preferred outcome (i.e., reinforcer).  Learning often occurs through rules and/or direct experience. An example of a rule is a parent telling a...

In this edition of Talk the Talk, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒔 will be providing an overview of "task analysis," a very important concept in the field of ABA! Technical definition: Identifying the critical parts of a complex behavior and separating them into a series of simple responses. Task analysis...

Technical definition:   A change in the environment that occurs after a behavior and increases its occurrences in the future. Reinforcement can be positive or negative. If the change added something to the environment (e.g., a peer starts talking to a learner), it is referred to as...