Applied Behavior Analysis is the study of behavior in applied settings. What that means is that Behavior Analysts look for the causes of behavior within the natural environment. We then use that knowledge to change the environment to support appropriate behaviors and decrease disruptive behaviors. For children with autism, this involves identifying reinforcers and breaking complex skills down to simpler steps. For disruptive behaviors, appropriate alternative behaviors are taught that still meet the needs of the learner.

Rachel L White, BCBA-D

Teaching New Skills

-Conduct ABLLS and VB-MAPP assessments

-Develop goals for in-home programs

-Provide direct ABA treatment

-Communication training

-Daily living skills training, including toileting


-Supervision of future BCABAs and BCBAs

-Face to face and teleconferencing meetings

Reducing Disruptive Behavior

-Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments

-Develop Behavior Intervention Plans

-Teaching appropriate replacement skills


-Train providers to run ABA programs

-Train individuals in the use of ABA techniques

-Parent training for generalization of skills