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How To Measure Target Behaviors?

There are several ways to measure target behaviors. Behavior analysts will choose the simplest strategy for caregivers to use and focus on measures that will produce the best information. Here are the most common measurement strategies behavior analysts ask caregivers to use: Frequency: Behavior analysts may ask caregivers to count…

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When And Where To Measure Target Behaviors?

Persons who spend the most time with individuals exhibiting target behaviors typically collect the data. This usually includes caregivers, nurses, aides, or family members. Behavior analysts will collect data and measure behaviors during weekly sessions. It is important to record the target behavior immediately after it occurs. Most behavior analysts…

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Why Data Collection Is Important

Collecting information on the target behavior (what we want to change) is an essential part of the assessment and intervention process. Measuring behavior is important, because it allows therapists to: determine if behavioral services are essential. identify which challenging behavior should be targeted first. identify which environmental events influence target…

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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…

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What Are Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Behavior analysts believe that all behaviors serve a purpose — even challenging behaviors (e.g., yelling, wandering, aggression). Just like appropriate behaviors (e.g., asking for an activity) can get us things we want and can get us out of things we do not want (e.g., asking to leave an aversive situation),…

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What Does Staff Training In ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. We teach caregivers how to respond to challenging behaviors and how to modify tasks to encourage appropriate behaviors in individuals with dementia, but all…

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What Types Of Appropriate Behaviors Can ABA Therapy Increase?

In order to effectively decrease challenging behaviors, we also need to simultaneously increase appropriate behaviors. Often, older adults with dementia are alone with nothing to do or have lost the cognitive and/or physical abilities to do the things they used to do. Sometimes this lack of activity increases the probability…

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Challenging Behaviors ABA Therapy Can Decrease

Nearly all individuals diagnosed with dementia will display a challenging behavior at some point during their illness. These are stressful and sometimes scary problems to witness. Challenging behaviors may occur in clusters or change in frequency and/or intensity throughout the progression of dementia. Challenging behaviors to decrease may include: Agitation,…

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What Is ABA Therapy In Dementia Care?

Primary goal of ABA therapy is to help individuals with dementia remain as independent as possible. We aim to increase the quality of life of our patients as well as their caregivers. We strive to decrease challenging behaviors while maintaining or teaching alternative, cognitively-appropriate skills for everyday functioning. In ABA…

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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…

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