Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a framework to provide services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders which is nationally recognized as the "gold standard" for treatment. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders require a unique approach to supporting their special education programs. Increasing numbers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Special Education have prompted clinical and community professionals to provide services aimed at analyzing and shaping behavior.
To earn this 0.5 credit microcredential, you will need to collect and submit two sets of evidence from a student you work with: a six-week set of observation data and an observation from a cooperating teacher. Both sets of evidence should reflect positive changes in the student's behavior.
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ABA will not provide programming specific to an individual student. Rather, this approach is applied to help develop student specific programming.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): A framework for analyzing behavior and developing intervention.
Reinforcement: Something that follows a behavior that increases the likelihood the behavior will happen again.
Intervention: Systematic manipulation of antecedent and consequence events to change behavior.
PBIS: Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
Data Collection: Systematic observation of behavior collected to analyze and implement intervention.
In the past school year, a student had worked with an ABA therapist during the summer who had analyzed his behavior and developed specific techniques for working with him. The teacher was able to work with the student using these ABA strategies and have increased success that may have taken much longer to develop had she not had the strategies. The ABA therapist was able to describe the behavior, the function of the behavior and very specific intervention. The teacher then was more confident in working with the student and had a background to provide excellent service provision.
Student Performance Data: Submit behavior tracking data. This data should span at least 6 weeks and include baseline and progress data. The data should reflect positive changes in student behavior. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Observation Results: Submit observation results from a cooperating teacher or administrator, including notes and a summary. This should be an observation of you working directly with this student. These observation results should demonstrate your effective and consistent use of ABA techniques.
Describe how and when you use Applied Behavioral Analysis as a part of your instructional practice.
Describe how your students benefit from your use of ABA.
What steps might you take in the future to strengthen and further develop your use of ABA in the future?
Criterion 1. The reflection demonstrates a firm understanding of ABA theory.
Criterion 2: The reflection demonstrates and understanding of the connection between student behavior, function, and intervention.
Criterion 3. The reflection demonstrates the enactment of ABA techniques in practice.