What kinds of skills can be learned through ABA?
- Just about anything! Here is just a short list of skills that children have learned through ABA programs: asking for items, making eye contact, joining play, crossing the street safely, putting on deodorant, asking to take a break, counting money, learning about the red sox, playing videogames, learning to read, participating in a church service.
Who is qualified to provide ABA services?
- A BCBA, or Board Certified Behavior Analyst, assesses the child’s behaviors, creates individualized teaching programs, and supervises either a direct service provider or a family member, or a combination of both. The BCBA typically sees the child anywhere from 2 hours every other week to 2 hours per week.
BCBAs minimally possess a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education that was conferred in behavior analysis or other related field. BCBAs complete 225 hours of graduate level instruction, complete 1500 hours of Supervised Independent Fieldwork in Behavior Analysis, and must pass the BCBA certification exam.
Direct service providers implement the teaching programs written by the BCBA. The direct service provider typically works with the child anywhere from 2 hours per week to 30 hours per week. Direct service providers either have experience running ABA programs or are given training by Advances Learning Center’s Training Coordinator.
How do I know if a BCBA is qualified to run my child’s program?
- There is a list of all Board Certified Behavior Analysts at this website: www.bacb.com. Go to the website and click on “Find a Certificant.”
Is ABA effective?
- There have been numerous studies that show that intensive ABA is the most effective and efficient way to teach children skills. Here is a website with some links to research articles:
What does ABA look like?
- It is a misconception that ABA must happen at a table and must be very structured. Some children are too easily distracted to work on learning difficult skills without sitting at a table and without added structure. We want children to be successful, so a good behavior analyst will always teach skills in a way that will ensure the child will be successful, while also trying to teach skills in the most generalizable way possible. A child may start learning at a table and with added structure, but there is always a plan to eventually work on the same skills away from the table and in an unstructured environment.
There are many environments in which ABA can be used to teach skills: at the table, on the floor playing with toys, in the community, in the backyard, during dinner, at a playground, etc. Our style of teaching is determined by how the student learns best.