Friday, January 6, 2012
Teaching in "Generalizable" Ways
In order for an intervention to be considered an ABA intervention, it must have generality. This means the skills the child learns as part of an intervention can be used across a variety of contexts and settings with a variety of people. It may even mean that the child learns additional skills as a result of the skills targeted during the intervention. One of the drawbacks of classical ABA therapeutic approaches, such as Discrete Trial Training, is the lack of generalization of learned skills beyone therapy sessions for some children. One way to ensure generalization is to teach in "generalizable ways" right from the beginning. This can be done by varying antecedents, implementing the intervention in the actual settings in which the child will use the skills, having a variety of caregivers, teachers, and peers involved in implementing the intervention, and by using natural reinforcement procedures. Please share any questions or comments.