Community Instruction

What exactly is a "community outing", or "community instruction" and how can this be a regular part of ABA therapy? How should it occur? Where should it occur? Is this something the ABA team should do, or the parents/caregivers?

Think of Community Instruction as a way to generalize what is taught intensively during sessions, or in one environment, to a real life setting, or another environment.

A known critique of ABA treatment is that due to the structured nature the client can become "robotic", meaning they will learn a skill but not actually display the skill unless asked in a specific way. While this lack of generalization can sometimes be an issue, if the ABA program intentionally teaches for generalization then this shouldn't be a concern. Generalization can be incorporated into instruction by varying stimuli, varying who implements instruction, and varying where instruction takes place. A common way of varying where instruction takes place is to regularly incorporate Community Instruction.

A successful and well run ABA program always plans for ways to generalize the skills that are being taught into the REAL world.

File Attachments

Community Instruction Video Outline.READ ME

Accompanying handout for the training video, includes helpful resource links

Community Instruction Video Outline.docx
Community Instruction

Author: Tameika Meadows