Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

August 30, 2019

ABA Myths

Chelle Stoneburg, M.Ed., BCBA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is new to Child and Family Development and it might be new to you! Our BCBA, Chelle Stoneburg, breaks down some common myths about ABA.

  1. All ABA programs are the same.

No way! All ABA programs begin with a comprehensive evaluation to determine a child’s skill level and analyze their behavior. Based on assessment, an individualized program is developed. A BCBA will determine what skills to teach, in what sequence, and how to teach them. Every child’s programming is different.

  1. ABA only addresses challenging behavior.

While tackling difficult behaviors may be part of an ABA program, it certainly is not the only objective. Comprehensive ABA programs also focus on communication, social skills, and daily living activities.

  1. ABA uses bribes and punishment to get kids to behave.

Positive reinforcement all the way! The ethical code for BCBAs even states that providers should use positive rewards over punishment procedures. Your child may work for their favorite toys, yummy snacks, technology breaks, or tickles- it all depends on the kiddo. C&FD Behavior Analysts never use physical punishment as a way to influence behavior.

  1. ABA is boring. They just use flashcards and charts all day.

If ABA were that boring, who would want to do this job? At CFD, all ABA therapy is delivered in a naturalist, play-based manner. Table time is limited to age-appropriate activities such as puzzles or board games. No flash cards or drills here! Our sessions will be engaging, silly, active, and enjoyable for your child.

  1. ABA cures Autism

We highly value neurodiversity, and embrace the uniqueness of each child’s diagnosis. “Curing Autism” is NEVER the goal of ABA. The goal of ABA is to teach skills that lead to greater independence, positive social interactions, and meaningful communication.