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(p. 223) Teaching Skills to Adolescents Using Applied Behavior Analysis 

(p. 223) Teaching Skills to Adolescents Using Applied Behavior Analysis
(p. 223) Teaching Skills to Adolescents Using Applied Behavior Analysis

John Molteni

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date: 13 April 2021

Applied behavior analysis is a systematic approach to teaching skills to adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Approaches to skill-building can be applied to teach academic, behavioral, adaptive living, and social skills. When teaching skills, consideration of the skills to be taught, the level at which that skill should be performed, and the value of that skill to the individual is necessary. Assessment requires identifying skills that are valued by the communities in which the individual participates and serve to increase independent functioning. Skill development programs require a generalization component to ensure that acquired skills are demonstrated across settings, people, and materials. Prompting can serve as an important means of supporting errorless learning. However, prompts must be faded quickly to prevent prompt-dependency. Fluency in skill development is a means of measuring automaticity in learned skills that support maintenance, generalization, and endurance of learned skills post-training.

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