BEGINNING IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis is a science-based field focused on improving the lives of those we serve. There are decades of research that support the work being done in the field. I have been in the field since 2001. The field continues to grow dramatically as more people experience both the challenge and satisfaction of bringing about meaningful life changes for individuals.
While the field is currently most recognized for the work being done with the Autism community we have large impacts outside of developmental disabilities. I specifically have practiced in developmental disabilities so my perspective is offered through that lense.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
These techniques can be effectively used across various settings including structured situations such as a classroom as well as in “everyday” situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood grocery store.
There are many reputable organizations you can search to find more information about behavior analysis.
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Dr. Heather Griffin, EdD, BCBA
Dr. Heather Griffin earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in December 2014. Heather also has a Masters of Science degree from The Florida State University Applied Behavior Analysis program and became a BCBA in 2005. Heather has almost 20 years experience in the field and has practiced across a variety of settings including public and private schools, family homes and group homes, day programs, and other community settings. Heather currently oversees the delivery of ABA services and leads a diverse team of BCBAs, BCaBAs, and RBTs at Behavior Management Consultants. Heather has served in leadership positions within the First Coast Association for Behavior Analysis and is an active advocate for the delivery of high quality ABA services in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. In her free time she enjoys traveling and exploring the country with her husband and two young sons.