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If you’re just beginning your ABA journey, it can be kind of confusing. Here, at Meem Behavior, we know exactly how that feels. This is the start of our ABA Basics series, and hopefully you find the answers you need! Today, we’re going to be covering a term you might be familiar with – the ABCs of ABA. Namely: Antecedent, Behavioral, and Consequence, and how that information is used in Applied Behavioral Analysis.


Wait, what’s ABA?

So, what exactly is ABA therapy? We talk about this more here, but here’s a quick run down. Basically, applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline that uses scientific methods from the field of behavior analysis to understand, predict, and produce meaningful changes in individuals’ behavior. This is a treatment course often recommended to children diagnosed with autism and has shown to be beneficial.


The ABCs

Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequences (ABC) is an important part of an ABA program. Essentially, the ABCs help guide behavioral analysts understand and, eventually, shape behavior. Antecedent is what comes before the behavior, whereas consequences are what happen after the behavior.

Here's an Example:


By tracking the antecedent and consequences of a specific behavior, we now have the context to manipulate and, eventually, change behavior. That is how the ABCs tie into ABA! Behavioral analysts help track behavior and manipulate both antecedents and consequences in order to impact behavior. Imagine if Johnny’s mom reminded him five minutes before bed time that he should start to get ready? Might that impact how Johnny reacts? These are the kinds of questions analysts ask and implement into their plans. Soon, you might find that Johnny doesn’t mind bedtime so much anymore.


Wrapping it Up

So, next time the kid in your life exhibits less than desirable behavior, just take a moment to piece together the ABCs. What prompted the behavior and what were the consequences? Bonus points if you can nail down why, exactly, the child in your life turns to that behavior. Let us know if you have any questions and visit our services page to learn more about what Meem behavior has to offer you!


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With so much misinformation out there about what autism is, or what it looks like, we're here to breakdown what exactly autism is, what the symptoms might be, and potential treatment plans.


First, What is Autism?


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects each individual differently. It typically appears in early childhood and is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The current CDC rate 2021 is 1 in 44 children in the U.S. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with (ASD) than girls.


What Causes Autism?


As unsatisfying as this answer might be, the research just isn't conclusive. Researchers have not identified the exact cause of ASD. However research does show that the environment or genetics could decide whether a person can develop the disorder.


What Are the Symptoms?


ASD symptoms vary in severity and not every individual has every symptom. The CDC lists the following symptoms.

  • Avoids or does not keep eye contact

  • Does not respond to name by 9 months of age

  • Does not show facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised by 9 months of age

  • Does not play simple interactive games like pat-a-cake by 12 months of age

  • Uses few or no gestures by 12 months of age (e.g., does not wave goodbye)

  • Does not share interests with others (e.g., shows you an object that he or she likes by 15 months of age)

  • Does not point or look at what you point to by 18 months of age

  • Does not notice when others are hurt or sad by 24 months of age

  • Does not pretend in play (e.g., does not pretend to “feed” a doll by 30 months of age)

  • Shows little interest in peers

  • Has trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about own feelings at 36 months of age or older

  • Does not play games with turn taking by 60 months of age


What Are the Treatments?


The CDC lists ABA Therapy as one of the approaches along with Occupational Therapy and speech therapy. Here at Meem Behavior you can have ABA, Speech and OT all in one location. Click here to learn more about our services and get started today.



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Take a deep breath, you are not alone. You are about to enter a world full of wonderful warriors. A world where all you have to do is reach out your hand and someone will be right next to you. Follow the steps below, help is on its way.


Reach out

Join the thousands of social media groups out there. I typically advise parents to join a local group, therefore you can have community involvement. You will also have support, a group of parents going through the same issues. You can get answers, references, resources, reviews, etc.


Make a decision


Find what works best for your child, what service will they benefit from the most. ABA therapy, Public school, Speech and Occupational therapy? Do your homework and remember the most important thing is consistency.


Involvement


Be involved – attend every parent training, ARD meetings and additional sessions. Remember you are part of the village your child needs to thrive. Always remember your child will thrive. You have to believe it because it is the truth.


Free consultation


At Meem Behavior we understand how difficult it is to go through each step and we have a dedicated team that will help you through every step. Don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re more than willing to help.


Give us a call at 8179627046.


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