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date: 30 November 2020

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an intervention philosophy and methodology for treating challenging behaviors of children and adults who have intellectual disability. This chapter reviews functional behavioral assessment and functional analysis as initial steps in formulating an intervention plan for serious problems such as self-injury, aggression, property destruction, and stereotypy. The conceptual basis and the process of matching hypothesized behavior-function with consequence control and antecedent control intervention procedures are described. The chapter also details selective cognitive-behavioral therapy and self-management training options. A concluding section discusses several intervention enhancement tactics. Throughout the chapter the emphasis is on evidence-based and empirically supported intervention procedures that can be profitably adopted by care providers within school, home, day-habilitation, and community settings.

Keywords: intellectual disability, applied behavior analysis, functional behavioral assessment, functional analysis, self-management training

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