Applied Behavior Analysis is a research-based therapy that helps clients acquire adaptive skills and eliminate undesirable behaviors. ABA interventions have been used effectively for decades, primarily to treat young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. ABA interventions are now being used successfully to treat adults and senior clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and various forms of dementia.
The ultimate goal of ABA treatment is to help the client achieve more independence and improve quality of life regardless of age. One of the primary tools of ABA is the ABC model. The A refers to “Antecedent,” the situation or event that triggers the targeted behavior. It can be a request, an object, or a situation. It is the “why” a specific behavior occurs. The B refers to “Behavior,” defined as the client’s action in response to the Antecedent. It is typically based on a learned response to an Antecedent. C refers to “Consequence,” which is a direct result of the Behavior.
ABA interventions are tailored to each individual and their learning style. These interventions can help clients improve communication skills, academic skills, social skills, and self-care habits while decreasing aggression and anger, inappropriate sexual behaviors, elopement, and other unwanted behaviors.
ABA intervention can be a short-term treatment option for the older adult client seeking behavioral coaching management (typically 5 or 6 sessions). The desired results may take longer for younger patients or those on the Autism Spectrum. As with any therapeutic program, results vary for each individual.
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