What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or Verbal Behavior Therapy (VBT)?
It is the real world application of behavior analysis to behaviors we encounter in everyday life. ABA helps to modify human behaviors as part of a learning or treatment process. It is NOT just one technique, but a scientific approach to understanding why people do what they do and ultimately change the behavior in a way that is beneficial to the growth and development of the individual.
ABA and VBT use objective and reliable data collection systems to monitor behavior change and individualized to each child based off his/her specific needs. Motivation and positive reinforcement are key factors in teaching the child socially significant behaviors—positive reinforcement is used to increase the duration and frequency of appropriate behaviors, while reduction procedures and replacement behaviors are put in place to decrease/eliminate maladaptive behaviors. Data collection procedures are put into place for each targeted behavior and analyzed by the team. The parents, therapists, and consultant work together as a team to discuss the data, current targets, and future targets.
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