Changing human behavior scientifically


ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is based on scientific methods and is founded on 7 fundamental dimensions (Baer, ​​Wolf, Risley, 1968). This means that all interventions provided through ABA services must fall into these 7 categories. This is important to ensure that interventions are supported by research, that interventions are effective and socially meaningful, and that interventions are closely monitored to ensure continued progress or to provide support for intervention modifications if an intervention previously implemented was not found to be effective for a particular client.

According to BehaviorBabe, the 7 dimensions of ABA can be remembered with the acronym “Get A Cab”. See below for a list of the 7 dimensions described by BehaviorBabe as well as a video that provides an example of using the 7 dimensions in the practice of ABA.


1. Generalization: skills/behaviors occur in environments other than where they were taught quietly

2. Effective interventions are monitored to assess impact on target behavior

3. Technological procedures are described in a clear and concise manner so that others can implement them accurately

4. Applied socially significant behaviors are selected

5. Conceptually systematic interventions consistent with the principles demonstrated in the literature

6. Analytical decisions are based on data

7. Observable and measurable behaviors are targeted

For more information on the principles of ABA, see Cooper, Heron, and Heward, “Applied Behavior Analysis“.


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