Our team joins the Autism Speaks Walk at Excite Ballpark!

Together we were able to raise donations to increase understanding and acceptance of individuals and families dealing with autism while also enjoying a day of celebration, positive energy and community. The Autism Speaks Walk is a great opportunity to support people with autism and help accelerate research for tomorrow. Continue reading

Reinforcement – A Quick Breakdown

In terms of behavior, positive and negative do not equate to good and bad. They simply refer to adding and taking away. In ABA reinforcement is simply a consequence that increases the likelihood of a behavior occurring again in the future. Think of a boss handing out bonuses for a job well done, the employees will be incentivized to work well next time as well.

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What’s the Difference Between Incidental Teaching & Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Naturalistic teaching emphasizes a child’s unique experiences and adheres to a developmental systems perspective. This means that learning a new skill in one area (like color recognition when sorting) can be transferred to other areas (like using the name of a color to describe a desired object). This makes instruction time even more valuable and helps a child become more independent.

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Why is Discrimination Training important in ABA?

ABA is a lot of fun! One of the things we do is to use different kinds of language in our sessions. Language such as requests, comments and spoken words help us communicate with each other. The more we communicate with each other, the better we get at it. Discrimination training is a way for us to make sure that you understand what we want you to do.

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Discontinuous Measurement Explained + Free Worksheet

Discontinuous measurement occurs when you divide an observation into intervals and take note of whether a behavior happened during some or all of each interval or at the precise time of observation. Collecting discontinuous data is usually simpler for therapists than collecting continuous data, but keep in mind it may lead to more measurement errors.

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The Four Types of Continuous Measurement (and When to Use Them) + Free Worksheet Pack

At its core, continuous measurement in applied behavior analysis means recording every instance of a behavior during a class, session, or day. As an RBT, you will primarily use continuous measurement when working in the field of ABA. Having the right data collection system in place will ensure that you have the information you need to assess the effectiveness of your session.

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What is ABC Data & Why is it Important to ABA? + Free Worksheet Pack

Before you can determine why a behavior is occurring, you need to establish a baseline of what’s normal for your client. The best way to figure out the function of a behavior is to observe it and take notes about what happened immediately before that behavior occurred, what your client was doing during the behavior and what happened after. ABC Data is a method used to understand why a behavior is happening by looking at what precedes it and what follows it. The three types of data you should
consider are Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequence.

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