Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis - U

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis - U 

In the past few decades, the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has become well-known as the use of interventions for children with autism have increased. While ABA has contributed much to autism intervention, the field is much broader. ABA is the application of the principles of behavior to socially significant issues in order to produce meaningful and measurable change (Cooper, et. al, 2007). By using scientific methods, ABA has provided a way for people to understand human behavior and the impact of environmental variables on behavior. This course will provide an introduction to ABA and illustrate some of the many uses of techniques based on ABA.

This course is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet  part of the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-BM1-V2U
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Learning Objectives:
Define the basic principles of ABA.
Identify the dimensions of ABA.
Apply basic techniques used in ABA.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Foundation

Why Do People Do What They Do?

Origins of the “Science” of Behavior

From Behaviorism to Applied Behavior Analysis: A Timeline

Dimensions of ABA



Section 3: Basic Elements of ABA

What Is a Behavior?

Observable and Measurable



3-Term Contingency

Behavioral Function



Section 4: ABA in the Real World

ABA as a Multifunction Tool

Autism Treatment

ABA and Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

ABA in Education

ABA in Business Settings

ABA in Healthcare

ABA in Geriatrics

Future Directions in ABA



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor





Staff Writer: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA
In 2008 Emaley McCulloch co-founded Autism Training Solutions, LLC and is currently the Director of Behavioral Products and Research at Relias Learning. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has 17 years experience in the field of autism and ABA and has provided and overseen services to individuals between the ages of 18 months to 24 years in homes, schools and clinical settings. For eight years she served as a consultant and supervisor at agencies based in Hawaii and Japan where she trained groups of professionals and parents. Emaley’s passion is staff training, dissemination of evidenced-based interventions, film and videography and using technology in the field of behavior analysis and special education. Disclosure: Emaley McCulloch BA BCaBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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