Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of behavior. It uses techniques to teach desired behaviors that are backed up by decades of research.
So you’ve heard of ABA as an intervention for kids with autism, right? But is that it? That’s all it’s good for?! NO! Applied Behavior Analysis has been proven to work in SO many situations with a ton of populations.
Here’s a little peek into ways ABA has been proven to be effective.
- Teaching kids with autism
- Decreasing problem behaviors
- Increasing communication and teaching language
- Animal training
- Organizational Behavior Management- increase group performance and worker safety
- Environmental protection and sustainability
- Health care and disease prevention
The purpose of this blog is to share these research-based strategies to increase desired behaviors with a population near and dear to my heart: MOMS of Littles. But ABA is so, so much more!
Check out this website if you are interested in ABA and modern society. I’m not affiliated with them, just really enjoy reading it!
RESEARCH supports all of these claims I made above. I’m not just making this stuff up. It’s LEGIT!
Carr, E. G., & Durand, V. M. (1985). Reducing behavior problems through functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 18(2), 111-126.
Foxx, R. M. (2008). Applied behavior analysis treatment of autism: The state of the art. Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 17(4), 821-834.
Frederiksen, L. W., & Johnson, R. P. (1981). Organizational behavior management. Progress in behavior modification, 12, 67-118.
Lehman, P. K., & Geller, E. S. (2005). Behavior analysis and environmental protection: Accomplishments and potential for more. Behavior and social issues, 13(1), 13-32.
Ord, T. J., Martins, E. P., Thakur, S., Mane, K. K., & Börner, K. (2005). Trends in animal behaviour research (1968–2002): ethoinformatics and the mining of library databases. Animal Behaviour, 69(6), 1399-1413.
Pryor, K. (2009). Reaching the animal mind: clicker training and what it teaches us about all animals. Simon and Schuster.
Skinner, B. F. (2014). Verbal behavior. BF Skinner Foundation.
Wilson, S. J., Lipsey, M. W., & Derzon, J. H. (2003). The effects of school-based intervention programs on aggressive behavior: a meta-analysis. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 71(1), 136.
Winett, R. A., Moore, J. F., & Anderson, E. S. (1991). Extending the concept of social validity: Behavior analysis for disease prevention and health promotion.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 24(2), 215-230.
I could have given a bazillion references but thought I’d keep this short and sweet. The research is out there, though! I promise. 🙂