CONTEMPORARY ABA AT HAWKSWOOD SCHOOL
CORNERSTONES OF CONTEMPORARY ABA
Task Analysis, Chaining, Shaping, and Total Task Instruction
Functional Behavior Assessment
Functional Communication Training
Naturalistic Intervention (Interaction techniques and behavioral strategies designed to encourage specific target behaviors based on the learner’s interests)
Reinforcement Response Interruption/Redirection
Social Stories, Scripts, and Narratives
WHERE DID CONTEMPORARY ABA COME FROM?
Contemporary ABA grew out of current research on social development, communication, and learning styles in both typically developing students and students with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
Consideration was also given to the core skill deficits in autism spectrum disorders (specifically, social, communication, and behavior regulation).
WHAT IS CONTEMPORARY ABA?
Contemporary ABA is a practice that has been heavily influenced by language and play development.
In this model, emphasis is placed on individualized and positive approaches in regard to both academic and self-care skill acquisition and managing challenging behaviors.
It is similar to other developmentally based practices including as it encourages and supports incidental teaching and positive behavioral supports.
A way of looking at skills and behaviors that acknowledges that every behavior or skill takes place in a given environment, under certain conditions, and with the expectation that some reaction will occur afterward.
WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES IN CONTEMPORARY ABA?
Functional and spontaneous communication
Social skills instruction in the natural environment as well as specifically designed learning opportunities
Play skills that include both peers and recreational/ leisure activities
Instruction that leads to generalization and maintenance in the Natural Environment
A functional approach to academics that will support real-world life skills
WHAT CONTEMPORARY ABA IS NOT…
Discrete trial teaching
Isolated, teacher-led instruction