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Journal Club: Behavior Analytic Research In Dementia

Introduction Authors open with a description of dementia, including diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, and symptoms. [For an update on dementia, visit here.] Trahan et al. explain how the medical model emphases pharmacological interventions, which have adverse side effects (e.g., stoke, delirium, increased risk of falls, mortality), whereas the behavior analytic…

ABC Model

What Is The ABC Model?

Behavior analysts believe that behaviors are shaped by our environment. The likelihood that a behavior will increase or decrease depends on the events that happen right before or right after a target behavior. We observe what occurs in a person’s environment — antecedents, behaviors, and consequences — to identify environmental…

Path to 2025

The Path To 2025

Nearly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. It is estimated that by the time these individuals reach age 85, one in every two will develop dementia. This will drastically change the way older adults spend their golden years and poses a serious impact to our economy and healthcare industry….


Who Provides ABA Therapy?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are the best providers of ABA therapy. Just like medical issues are assessed and treated by qualified medical professionals, behavioral issues should be assessed and intervened upon by a qualified behavior specialist. Always check the credentials of those who claim to be ABA therapists. Choose…

Evidence of ABA in Dementia Care

Evidence Of ABA Therapy In Dementia Care

A number of studies have demonstrated that ABA therapy can produce improvements in communication, social and activity engagement, self-care, ambulation, as well as decrease challenging behaviors like wandering, disruptive vocalizations, and aggression. In fact, one of the largest nationally-funded research programs to train caregivers how to manage challenging behaviors was…

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What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Behavior analysis is the science of identifying the relationship(s) between biology, the environment, and behavior. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a branch of behavior analysis that focuses on changing meaningful, “real-world” behavior. Scientists and clinicians who work in the field of ABA address the behavioral needs (e.g., aggression, disruptions) of…