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Discrimination Training in ABA

What is Discrimination in ABA? Discrimination, in laypeople’s terms, has a negative connotation. However, discrimination in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a much different meaning. Discrimination in ABA refers to the ability to distinguish between two or more stimuli. Stimuli can be anything in one’s environment-food, toys, pictures, people, or anything else. When a child …

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SEL Topics for High School Students

Programs that teach Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are usually designed for younger students, but there are SEL topics for high school students too. High school is a time of major transition and heightened emotions—and it’s essential to provide tools that help teenagers learn how to manage their feelings and behavior in healthy ways.  However, SEL …

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A Guide to Differential Reinforcement in ABA

Differential reinforcement is an evidence-based procedure used in ABA therapy. Differential reinforcement procedures can increase adaptive behaviors while simultaneously decreasing behaviors that interfere with one’s learning or quality of life. What is Differential Reinforcement? Differential reinforcement combines two core ABA principles: extinction and reinforcement. Certain behaviors are reinforced, while others are placed on extinction. This …

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SEL is Essential for Classroom Management

Children often spend more waking hours at school than they do at home. It’s no wonder, then, that schools play a crucial role in a child’s social and emotional development. Fostering a safe and supportive learning environment is essential to help kids develop the skills they need to thrive. Creating such an environment involves effective …

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What is Tacting in ABA?

Tacting is one of the primary verbal operants. According to Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, language should be defined by its function, not its topography. As such, verbal operants, including tacts, are used to explain the different functions of communication. What are verbal operants? When communicating with others, the words we use don’t always communicate …

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