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Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism


Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism


It is an oft believed and repeated fact that flaws make a person who he or she is; indeed, flaws form a very basic cornerstone of existence, for a person or a life without flaws is not considered a life at all. Indeed, if the facts are anything to go by, flaws make a person much more beautiful than he or she already is.

Now, technically speaking, the flaws come under a lot of categories such as for example: personality flaws, medical flaws, mental flaws etc.

In this article here, we are going to discuss ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and its rather intangible relationship with autism.

In medical terminology, Behavior Analysis refers to the intensive study of human behavior and its various or related aspects.

What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)??

In the same vein, Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA refers to the application of the principles related to learning as well as motivation which have been derived from Behavior Analysis, along with the procedures and technology, which have been derived from those principles such as to be able to provide the solutions or problems which have social significance or a social standing in our society.

The main skills imparted via ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

 Some of the notable skills imparted via ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis range from the imparting of new skills, the maintenance of certain behaviors, performing to their full capability in classrooms etc.

Discrete Trial Training or DTT

In Applied Behavior Analysis, DTT refers to a method or strategy of teaching wherein the child or the children concerned (that is, referring to the child or the children afflicted with autism) is or are taught about the more complex forms of behavior, such as expressing a desire to play or a desire to eat, etc.

This is done by teaching the child the more complex aspects associated with such encounters, such as, for example, the word play, the child is made to learn, is associated with any activity that allows for relaxation or positive mental stimulation, or in simpler terms, any form or sort of leisure activity, etc.

However, the DTT method is not without its fair share of pitfalls, or flaws (as we had discussed in the very beginning of the article).

Its chief flaws include the lack of an emotional understanding or rather, the lack of the relation between the emotional and the practical aspects of the teaching method, such as, for example, even if a child does not want to play, but wants to just be left on his or her own, he or she can only use the word ‘play’ to convey that as that is the word which is associated with any activity that ensures or indicates leisure.

Other useful or supplementary options

However, there is no reason to despair just yet, for there are several other teaching methods which help or assist in plugging the gaps left behind by the DTT teaching method, such as NET or Natural Environment Training, which allows the children or the child to learn the required behaviors and associated skills in a much more playful or engaging manner, since there will be a connection between the emotional as well as practical aspects of the education they impart or learn.

Thus, as you all can see, ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is quite useful when it comes to curing autism.  For more information about the relation between ABA and autism contact us.

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