Using Ecological Assessments to Set Meaningful Goals for ABA Interventions


When professionals develop ABA intervention programs for students with ASD and other disabilities, they use many different approaches when selecting goals.  Some use criterion-referenced assessment tools to set intervention goals.  Others use informal assessment procedures such as interviews with students, caregivers, and teachers, checklists, and informal observations to set goals for ABA interventions.  What professionals do not typically use nearly enough are ecological assessments to set goals for ABA interventions. This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series will focus on using ecological assessments to set meaningful goals for ABA interventions.  It was written by Deb Leach, Ed.D., BCBA, and  reprinted with permission from Doug Goldberg at The Special Education Advisor

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