7 Dimensions of ABA


Generality is that the behavior carries over into other contexts other than just the training environment.

Behavior change proves durable over time, appears in a wide variety of environments, or spreads to a wide variety of related behaviors.  Focuses on lasting effects over time.  Has the intervention been tested over time?

Effective is clinically significant effects make a meaningful difference.  Refers to practical results – has the intervention shown to be effective or not.

Its practical application should change the behavior it seeks to change.

Technological is replicable or described in precise terms for replication.

Procedures are completely and precisely identified and described.

Analytic is that a functional relation exists.

Identification of functional relations between behavior and the environmental variables.

Conceptually Systematic is describing in the language of ABA.

Description of procedures are precisely technological and explained in terms of basic principles of behavior.  This means that the practitioner in using basic behavior change principles of ABA, as opposed to other methods from other philosophies or disciplines.

Applied is socially significant

Focus on behaviors significant to the participant and those who are close to the participant.

Behavioral is observable and measurable.

The behavior is the target of modification in itself.  Refers to precise measurement of behavior through objective observation.  Data is taken and evaluated.



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