ABA/VB: Description of our Preferred Teaching Method

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ABA/VB (Applied behavior analysis and Verbal Behavior) is nothing else than good teaching. ABA/VB was not only developed for children with autism. Applied appropriately, the principles of applied behavior analysis can bring out the full potential of a child or an adult, and will therefore, offer great support in everyday activities and in social life.

Scientific studies about ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), intensively carried out since the early 60s, have proven, that ABA can reduce disruptive behavior effectively. Additionally, these studies show that ABA is operative in teaching common deficits in the area of communication, and social interaction, as well as in teaching conceptual and academic skills. Since the 70s the research about Verbal Behavior has been added. These studies and hence subsequent more effective teaching methods are based mostly on the book "Verbal Behavior" (author: B.F. Skinner, 1957).

Research in ABA/VB shows, that a high percentage of children with the diagnosis of autism but also with similar conditions will make great progress with intensive teaching. Some children on the autistic spectrum are with ABA/VB enabled to lead an independent, fulfilled life. Without intensive teaching with ABA/VB, children on the autistic spectrum are more likely as adults in need of more cost intensive services, such as group homes and institutions.

By now, there are children, taught specifically with ABA/VB, whose doctors would not diagnose with autism or an autistic spectrum condition any longer. This shows that the implementation of the principles of ABA/VB supports the children to catch up on deficits, even in the area of language.

Finally, children acquire the ability and the wish to learn and to do well. Even, if some children are not receiving the "best possible outcome", mostly all of the children benefit from intensive ABA/VB programs.

It is our ambition, to show parents, teachers, therapists and other people, who are dealing with children and adults with autism and similar conditions, how they can apply the principles of ABA/VB to create happy and social behavior.

  • Concentrating on systematic teaching of small, measurable units of behavior, skills or concept
  • Teaching a small unit until mastered
  • Repetitive practice in a concentrated time frame
  • Implementation of errorless learning
  • Application of reinforcement procedures
  • Mixing and varying of teaching instructions
  • Expectation and teaching of fluent answers and reactions
  • Variation of reinforcement intervals
  • Pairing a person with a reinforcer, that this person as well as the praise of this person will become reinforcement
  • Understanding the motivation of the child
  • Capturing the motivation of the child
  • Teaching in every situation and in natural environment

Considering all these points listed here, is the basis for good teaching with ABA/VB.