ABA covers any environmental adaptations or modifications to increase the likelihood that behaviors will occur. PEERS incorporates errorless learning techniques into the curriculum, in order to create behavior momentum to motivate young adults to practice and learn social skills. It’s different than the ABA methods given to young children and toddlers, but these interventions still are research-based and fall under the scope of many ABA techniques. Rules and task lists incorporated into routines or displayed prominently in an environment, are changes to a normal environment, and also fall under ABA, especially because with practice and assimilation, the goal is to fade out reliance on these aids so people generalize the skills they need to all environments. My goal of this article is to explain there are other interventions, they are like branches of this tree. It sounds like the limb of extinguishing maladaptive behaviors should be cut off, but it doesn’t mean the entire ABA tree needs to be cut down. These are not the wrong examples, but the definition of ABA seems generally perceived as limited to punishment / extinguishing negative behaviors, and the general practices are so much more expansive than that.

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I am very passionate about teaching, dancing, and making a difference in the world. Enjoy my philosophical and entertaining musings!