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The 7 Dimensions Of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Updated: 5 days ago

Written by: Sindy Victor, MS, BCBA, LBA

The 7 Dimensions of ABA refer to a set of standards used to evaluate the quality of behavior analytic interventions. Healthcare professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis should create a treatment plan with these guidelines in mind.

Habari Gani? (What's happening?)......Umoja (unity).

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa and we light the center (black) candle in honor of our 'strive for unity in the family, community, nation, and race.' The seven principles of Kwanzaa were devised by Maulana Karenga in 1966 (click here to learn more about the rich history of Kwanzaa). This blog post defines the relationship between each of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and the 7 dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Kwanzaa is a non political and non religious holiday that is celebrated annually from December 26- January 1st. In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), practitioners are responsible for teaching new skills and ensuring that those skills can be performed independently across people, settings, and situations. This honors unity (Umoja), as it requires the clinician to collaborate with caregivers, schools, teachers, and multidisciplinary professionals. Also known as generalization this behavior analytic term defines the G in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B. Use the phrase 'Get A Cab' as a catchy study term to help you remember the 7 Dimensions Of ABA in preparation for an RBT or BCBA examination!


Kujichagulia!... on the second day of Kwanzaa light a candle to honor self-determination. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the term effective (the E in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B.) is used to describe the desired outcome of a clinical intervention on behavior(s) targeted for change. At Swarthy Lion Behavioral Health & Wellness, we address wellness in four objective domains: physical wellness, emotional wellness, social wellness, and spiritual wellness (click here to explore the different ways we practically treat mental and physical health).


Ujima!... on the third day of Kwanzaa light a candle in honor of collective work and responsibility. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an interventionist will define behavior change procedures using methods that can be clearly identified and replicated. Also known as technological (the T in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B.). In support of the behavior analytic community, Swarthy Lion Behavioral Health & Wellness provides our employees with an opportunity to gain independent fieldwork experience in preparation for the RBT or BCBA/BCABA examinations (click here to sign up for Independent Fieldwork Supervision) and ACE event learning credits to BCBAs/BCABAs (click here to explore our learning events).


Ujama!... on the fourth day of Kwanzaa light a candle in honor of cooperative economics. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), no relationship is formed without objective data. The term analytic (A in the acronym G.E.T. A. C. A. B.) describes the functional relationship between behavior and the environmental variables surrounding them. In our Behavior Shop, we evaluate customer preferences in order to make ongoing updates to our quality of service (click here to explore the Behavior Shop).


Nia!... on the fifth day of Kwanzaa light a candle to honor the fulfillment of purpose. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), conceptually systematic (the C in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B.) denotes the use of behavior analytic language to describe intervention methods as opposed to procedural language from other disciplines. Swarthy Lion Behavioral Health & Wellness honors our purpose to build with behavior analytic professionals by pairing behavior analytic contact with art to motivate autistic and non-autistic people to pursue wellness objectives.

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Kuumba!... on the sixth day of Kwanzaa light a candle in honor of creativity. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the focus of behavior change procedures is placed on addressing behaviors that are socially relevant to the client and their family. Also known as applied (the A in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B.). Our creativity is demonstrated in the unique fulfillment of our wellness objective to create opportunities for neurodiverse people to be social. All are welcomed to pair a Unique Spectrum t-shirt with an act of service during the annual Atlanta Autism Speaks Walk (click here to join our Atlanta team and get ready to walk with U.S. in 2023).


Imani!... on this last day of Kwanzaa light a candle to honor faith in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behaviors targeted for change are objective and measurable. Also known as behavioral (the B in the acronym G.E.T. A. C.A.B.). As behavior analytic professionals, our commitment is to address only what we can see. Nevertheless, we practice with the utmost consideration for the occurrence of unseen mental events such as anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD] (click here to learn more about autism and ADHD).

I hope you are encouraged to reflect and learn more about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, as well as, the 7 dimensions of ABA. Follow us on instagram @swarthylionbehavior to see Kwanzaa art paired with behavior analytic content across the next 7 days!



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