Applications of ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis is the problem-solving, scientific approach to challenges that are relevant to individuals', communities, society.  Likely, the most well-known application of applied behavior analysis is its use with individuals with autism.  But, the umbrella of ABA is much broader.  Below you will find areas where the science of applied behavior analysis has been successfully employed.  Since the 20th century, ABA has been pivotal in helping us to identify and achieve socially-significant change.  The past has been powerful; the future is still unwritten...

Applied Animal Behavior

The mission of the Applied Animal Behavior SIG is to promote applied animal behavior analytic research, set high standards in methods and techniques of animal training, support those in the applied animal behavior field, and promote the well-being of animals in applied settings wherever they are found. 

Recommended texts/books/links: Applied Animal ABAI SIG

Ord, T.J., Martins, E.P., Thakur, S., Mane, K.K., & Borner, K. (2005).  Trends in Animal Behaviour Research (1968-2002): ethoinformatics and the mining of library databases. Animal Behaviour, 69, 1399-1413.

Autism 

The Autism SIG, chartered by the Association for Behavior Analysis International, brings together those individuals who specialize in or have an interest in the application of behavior analysis to the education and treatment of autism across the lifespan. The Autism SIG has three primary purposes:

  1. To support consumers of applied behavior analysis services.
  2. To advocate for and promote high standards in the application of behavior analytic treatments.
  3. To disseminate information about behavior analytic research and to foster the exchange of scientific information in the area of autism treatment.

Recommended books/texts/links: Autism Speaks/ABAAutism ABAI SIG 

Treatment of Social Behavior in Autism through the Modification of Pivotal Social Skills (1993). Koegel, R. and Frea, W. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 26, 369-377.

Behavioral Medicine/Health 

The behavioral health and medicine SIG is a place for individuals interested in clinical applications to health-related problems and social concerns. The primary goal of the SIG is to create a space for practitioners, researchers, and students alike to discuss issues related to behavioral health and medicine. 

Recommended books/texts/links: Behavioral Medicine ABAI SIG

Higher Education/Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) 

The purpose of the Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) SIG is simple: to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting where those activities occur. These settings include formal classrooms; agencies and organizations that design behavioral interventions for children, adults, and animals; business concerns that provide performance management training for their personnel or consultees; and homes where the main concerns are caring and effective child-raising, supportive family relationships, and enjoyable, well-mannered pets. 

Recommended books/texts/links: TBA ABAI SIG

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) 

The Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of organizational behavior management through research, education, practice, and collaboration.

Recommended books/texts/links: OBM Network

Recommended books/texts/linksPerformance Management, Aubry Daniels 

Environment/Sustainability -  Sustainability is defined as "overlapping of economic social and environmental systems that contribute to, and sustain, the quality of life in a community" (ABAI 2009 Blog).  Products concerned with changing consumer behavior are often the focus; increasing energy efficient products purchased, reducing energy consumption, and enhancing recycling domestic waste. 

The mission of the Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group is to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, overconsumption of resources, and imbalances in environmental sustainability. Objectives include:

  • To encourage and support research that promotes the application of behavior analysis to green/environmental issues.
  • To collaborate with environmental scientists, environmental groups, and other SIGs within ABAI that have an interest in addressing behavior change and sustainability/environmental issues.
  • To disseminate research and practices that support solutions to environmental issues through the application of behavioral interventions.
  • To develop curricula, textbooks, and additional educational resources that address sustainability and the application of behavior analysis.
  • To compile resources for individuals interested in behavior change and environmental issues.
  • To develop an information base of current effective practices/initiatives, government policies, and employment for behavior analysts interested in behavior change and environmental issues. 

Recommended books/texts/linksBASS ABAI SIG 

Lehman, P.K., & Geller, E.S. (2004). Behavior analysis and environmental protection: accomplishments and potential for moreBehavior and Social Issues, 13(1), 13-32.

Austin, J., Hatfield, D.B., Grindle, A.C., and Bailey, J.S. (1993). Increasing Recycling in Office Environments: The Effects of Specific, Informative Cues. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 26, 247-253. 

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Verbal Behavior (VB) 

The Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group supports a behavioral approach to the study of language, especially as explored by B. F. Skinner. It serves to:

  • Support and encourage research efforts to improve our understanding of verbal behavior.
  • Support practice-based issues in utilizing the analysis of verbal behavior.
  • Support undergraduate and graduate instruction of Skinner's verbal behavior.
  • Communicate with other organizations making use of Skinner's verbal behavior.
  • Disseminate information regarding a behavioral approach to studying language.

 Recommended books/texts/links: Verbal Behavior SIGCarbone Clinic

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