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Episode 117: Why is Measurement in ABA Important?

ABA is all about data. We’re diving into why measurement in ABA is so essential and how to make sure we’re taking and reporting accurate data. Two of seven the dimensions of ABA are to be effective and to be analytic. In other words, we want to make decisions based on objectivity and something tangible, not just an opinion. This helps us assess whether we’re making real progress with our students if a program is really helping a family, if behaviors are decreasing, and so on. 

There’s no right way to take data, however, it shouldn’t be cumbersome. Baseline data is the best place to start with a student and we discuss what that process looks like. We talk about how data helps us analyze problem behaviors, how quickly our students are learning, and whether we have to modify a program. We also discuss how to decrease data collection overwhelm, how to choose appropriate collection methods, and how to analyze and understand data.

Are you looking for a simple way to collect data on problem behaviors? Our ABC data sheet will help you determine the antecedents and consequences of the behavior in order to determine the best programming for your students. Download the ABC data sheet below!

What’s Inside:

  • How to make our data collection effective.
  • The importance of taking baseline data.
  • How to decrease data collection overwhelm.

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