ABA Terminology

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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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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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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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What Is Behavior Skills Training (BST)?

Behavior skills training (BST) is a method used for teaching new skills. BST consists of four main components. These include instructions, modeling, feedback, and rehearsal. BST is an individualized way to teach skills. BST is a research-backed teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for teaching new skills. However, the application of behavior skills …

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