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The 7 Dimensions Of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Updated: Jan 27

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).