Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

ABA 653 - Skill Acquisition

3 Credit(s) | Lecture | Graded
Not repeatable for credit

This three credit advanced course has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as addressing competencies in the areas of identification of problem behaviors, assessment, intervention and behavior change. It provides a systematic introduction to behaviorally-based assessment methods, the use of reinforcement to teach new behavior, and a variety of instructional methods and instructional formats. The instructional planning process and the protocols necessary to develop comprehensive instructional programs for learners will be reviewed with special emphasis for those learners with autism spectrum disorders. The broad goal of the course is to impart students with a broad range of instructional tools that allow them to develop systematic and comprehensive programs that teach relevant skills in the most natural contexts possible. Specific topics include: schedules of reinforcement, preference assessment, criterion-referenced skill assessments, reinforcement-based behavior change procedures such as token economies and self-management, stimulus control, errorless teaching, behavior chains, discrete trial instruction, naturalistic teaching, verbal behavior training, and maintenance and generalization of skills.

Course Note
ABA 653 meets Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. TM requirement for a. Identification of the Problem and Assessment (10 or 30 hrs.) b. Intervention and Behavior Change Considerations (5 of 10 hrs.) c. Behavior change Systems (5 of 10 hrs.) d. Fundamental Elements of Behavior change and Specific Behavior Change Procedures (25 of 45 hrs.)

Enrollment Requirements:
Pre-requisite = ABA certificate student

Department consent required for enrollment