WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS?

Behavior analysis is the science of how behavior changes and how learning occurs. Behavior analysis considers the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY of behavior to identify interventions that will positively impact behavior in the future. Behavior analysis can be applied to many different aspects of life. At Zephyr, we use the principles of ABA to teach skills that matter to our clients.

Learning in ABA therapy should be FUN and engaging, and should always consider the interests of the child. ABA can be used to teach communication, play skills, social skills, daily living skills, understanding and following instructions, and so much more!

HOW DOES ABA WORK?

ABA programming breaks big foundational skills down into small, measurable goals, and works to teach each individual step. These are skills that neurotypical children may develop without any specific instruction.

 

EXAMPLE: Following the instruction, "Put your plate in the sink"

 

What skills are involved in following this instruction?

 

  • Attending to the speaker

  • Processing all parts of the instruction

  • Identifying the plate

  • Discriminating the plate from other items (cup, fork, spoon, etc.)

  • Identifying the sink

  • Discriminating the sink from other items (fridge, counter, etc.)

  • Motor planning picking up the plate

  • Fine motor grip/strength to hold plate

  • Motor planning walking to the sink

  • Motor planning dropping plate into sink

  • Following all parts of the instruction