What is ABA?
ABA is a teaching technique that uses positive reinforcement to enable successful learning and shaping of behaviour.
By finding rewards that motivate your child and tailoring a programme that will fit their specific needs, ABA can help children with ASD to develop communication skills and progress academically.
By breaking down tasks into manageable stages and using appropriate prompts for an ‘errorless’ teaching experience ABA builds confidence as well as learning. It also provides a structured way to tackle behaviour and sensory issues to help your child cope with the day-to-day demands that they find challenging.
An ABA programme is a positive experience for the whole family. The benefits of tutor sessions extend into all areas of family life and provide the support you need to create and maintain good family dynamics. The ‘common sense’ strategies help you to build on the tutor sessions in the course of your daily life, so you can play a key role in enabling your child to improve their communication skills and behaviour. Everyone can share in a sense of achievement as data gathered in tutor sessions shows real progress and improvement, and regular workshops ensure your programme keeps moving forward to cover new targets.
(Courtesy of The Playhouse Foundation)
What are the origins of ABA and what should it actually look like? This white paper from the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts is an interesting read, particularly if your school says they are "doing bits of ABA". Make sure you know what a programme entails so you can keep them on track. Read here.
We are always on the look-out for plain English descriptions of ABA/VB and these two, from James Adcock, BCBA, on his ABA Connect blog fit the bill: