Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as what is applied behavior analysis
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Host: What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Peggy Halliday: Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of using behavioral principles to teach new skills and increase desirable behaviors. In ABA, skills that you want to teach are broken down into small measurable units and high rates of positive reinforcement are used to teach those skill. ABA is committed to objective measurement of the skills that you are teaching and data analysis to make sure that you are being as efficient as you possibly you can be. ABA also looks at teaching new skills and maintaining skills and generalizing skills to new environments and they look at the skills children need across school, across home and across community settings. There are decades of research to show that ABA strategies are effective with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They are effective in improving IQ scores, in teaching language, adaptive behaviors, academic behaviors as well as some social behaviors.