Term Applied Behavioral Analysis
Code LR-0450.0500
Definition Programs that offer therapeutic interventions for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders that are based on the theory of applied behavior analysis that behavior rewarded is more likely to be repeated than behavior ignored. The therapy is designed to teach skills, from basic ones such as sleeping and dressing to more involved ones such as social interaction, but is also used to correct inappropriate repetitive, aggressive and/or dangerous behaviors that are associated with autism. Skills are broken down into small steps and taught one simple step at a time. When a task has been successfully completed, a reward is offered, reinforcing the behavior or task. Also available are intensive ABA programs in which children and adults with autism may work for 30 to 40 hours a week, one-on-one with a trained professional.
Created 6/30/05
Changed 5/13/10
Use References ABA Method
Discrete Trial Training
Lovass Therapy
See Also References
External Classification Terms Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (USA HC-300)
Outpatient Rehabilitation (UW
Rehabilitation Services (NPC E12)
Rehabilitative Care (NTE E50)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Developmental Disabilities
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Behavioral and Communication Approaches", Autism Society of America website. NOTE: this particular version of the document is no longer available. Some of the material is included under "Treatment", http://www.autism-society.org

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