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ABA services involve the review of a child’s, youth’s, or young adult’s behavior within his or her environment. ABA is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior or to prevent loss of attained skills or function, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between the environment and behavior.
ABA is used to develop needed skills (behavioral, social, communicative, and adaptive functioning) using reinforcement, prompting, task analysis, or other appropriate interventions for a child, youth, or young adult to master each step necessary to achieve a targeted behavior.
ABA services are available to children and youth with any behavioral diagnosis (no longer limited to children with a diagnosis or autism). This includes the following services:
The role of the Behavior Analyst (BA) or Behavior Consultant – ABA (BC-ABA) include assessment of a child’s, youth’s, or young adult’s needs and development of an ITP that includes the interventions that will be used to meet the identified needs. Both the assessment and the ITP are based on discussions with important people in the child’s, youth’s, or young adult’s life. BA and BC-ABA services also include overseeing the other services provided to a child, youth, or young adult and consultation with the child’s, youth’s, or young adult’s treatment team. BA and BC-ABA services can be used to address behaviors in the home, school, or any other place where a child, youth, or young adult needs ABA services to succeed.
The role of the Assistant Behavioral Consultant – ABA (Asst. BC-ABA or ABC-ABA) is to assist staff who provide BA services or BC-ABA services. Asst. BC-ABA services may also be used to provide direct ABA interventions as part of implementing a child’, youth’s, or young adult’s ITP.