What are Evidence Based Practices?
Let’s start off by talking a little about what Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) are. EBPs have become the standard for professionals in various fields of study including medicine, healthcare, psychology and education. These fields have embraced EBP procedures in a nationwide effort to provide better quality services to the people they serve. The distinct features of EBPs include: the best scientific evidence, professional expertise, and an understanding of client characteristics. Combining these three features in the decision making process for clients produces an opportunity for the greatest possible clinical outcome and quality of life.
Evidence Based Practices Application to ABA
Scientific Evidence: Scientific evidence is empirical evidence that is interpreted according to scientific methods.This is the foundation of EBP and how ABA Therapists make decisions with regard to which interventions to use with their clients.
Professional Expertise: EBPs are informed by experts in the field. Their knowledge of EBPs guide how they interpret and apply EBP interventions.
Understanding the Client: In order for EBPs to be effective, the individual with Autism’s strengths, weaknesses, values and preferences must be taken into consideration. The concerns of the individual’s support network, such as their family and community must also be upheld.
ABA Therapy uses only Evidence Based Practices
The United States is experiencing a massive increase in children diagnosed with Autism. One out of every 68 babies born today in America will develop Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is crucial that the therapeutic interventions for these children be EBPs that will yield result that contribute to improvements in learning, independence, daily living skills and overall betterment of their lives.
The following are 27 interventions used in ABA Therapy that have been proven to be effective EBPs for children diagnosed with autism.
- Antecedent-based Intervention (ABI)
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)
- Computer Aided Instruction (CAI)
- Differential Reinforcement (DR)
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
- Exercise (ECE)
- Extinction (EXT)
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- Functional Communication Training (FCT)
- Modeling (MD)
- Naturalistic Intervention (NI)
- Parent-implemented Intervention (PII)
- Peer-mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
- Prompting (PP)
- Reinforcement (R+)
- Response Interruption/Redirection (RIR)
- Scripting (SC)
- Self-management (SM)
- Social Narratives (SN)
- Social Skills Training (SST)
- Speech Generating Devices (SGD)
- Task Analysis (TA)
- Time Delay (TD)
- Video Modeling (VM)
- Visual Support (VS)
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