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Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course

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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is one of the most well-known behavioural psychology methods in the world. Indeed, it’s consistently used to help those on the autism spectrum to successfully attain and maintain target behaviours. This comprehensive and insightful course is designed to get you started with Applied Behaviour Analysis fundamentals and strategies and how to implement them.

What You'll Learn from the Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course

The Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course will provide you first with the essential principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, before expanding on these further as you progress through the course materials. You will gain a greater understanding of the definition of ‘behaviour’ within behavioural psychology and the differences between classical and operant conditioning. The course also explains different types of behaviour and how to observe these using the ABCs of ABA - antecedent, behaviour, and consequence.

You will learn about different types of stimuli and antecedents that elicit behaviours and what Antecedent-based intervention (ABI) is and how it can be used to alter these behaviours. The course will guide you through creating an ABI plan and how to evaluate the success of its implementation.

The Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course explains operant reinforcement and how it relates to developing new behaviours. The course also analyses positive and negative reinforcement – giving a full understanding within the context of ABA. You will learn how reinforcers should be used and the ways in which they can be scheduled, along with how to evaluate their effectiveness.

Shaping and Chaining are covered in this course. You learn why these techniques work and how to use them to provide successive steps in making a non-existent behaviour habitual, through planned task analysis. You will also discover discrete trial training (DTT) – an effective one-to-one teaching method that is particularly powerful in teaching new skills, as well as reinforcing strengths the learner already has in supporting or prerequisite skills.

You will discover how to implement the practice of differential reinforcement (DR) to reinforce an adaptive (or positive) target behaviour/skill whilst ignoring maladaptive behaviour. Also explained in the Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course, is the strategy known as Extinction, which is designed to eliminate (or drastically reduce) an interfering behaviour.

Used to teach a replacement for an interfering behaviour that stems from frustrated efforts to communicate a need or want, functional communication training (FCT) and how to implement it is covered in the Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course.

The functional behavioural assessment (FBA) is the primary method when using Applied Behaviour Analysis to determine the function of a child’s behaviour. The Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course explores this topic extensively before providing a step-by-step guide to using the technique.

Along with learning the techniques involved, you will also be provided with information on how to become an Applied Behaviour Analysis Tutor or Therapist (and what the differences between the two professions are) and the next steps to take upon completion of this course.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course has been created to give parents and caregivers of ASD children a better understanding of the techniques involved in the practice and how they are implemented. It also provides a solid foundation of knowledge for those who would like to take further study in their pursuit of a career as an ABA Tutor or Therapist, or a Behavioural Psychologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Applied Behaviour Analysis Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • What is Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Pavlov and Classical Conditioning
  • B.F. Skinner and Operant Conditioning
  • What is Behaviour?
  • Environment as Original Stimulus
  • Maladaptive Behaviours
  • Verbal Behaviours
  • Internal Behaviours
  • Adjunctive Behaviour
  • Target Behaviours
  • The ABCs of ABA
    • Antecedents
    • Behaviours
    • Consequences
  • Assessment

Module 2: Antecedent-based Intervention

  • How Antecedents and Stimuli are Connected
  • Additional Types of Stimuli
  • Stimulus Control Development
    • Reinforcers
    • Prerequisite Skills
    • Presentation of the Stimulus
    • Attentional Shifting
  • Types of Prompts
  • Fading the Prompt
  • What is Antecedent-based Intervention?
  • When is Antecedent-based Intervention Used?
    1. Plan
    2. Implement
    3. Monitor
  • Assessment

Module 3: Reinforcement

  • What is Operant Reinforcement?
  • What are Positive and Negative Reinforcement?
  • What are Preference Assessments?
  • What are Schedules of Reinforcement?
    • Continuous Schedule of Reinforcement
  • Ratio Schedules of Reinforcement
    • Fixed Ratio
    • Variable Ratio
  • Interval Schedules
    • Fixed Interval Schedule
    • Variable Interval Schedule
  • Assessment

Module 4: Shaping, Chaining and Discrete Trial Training

  • Shaping and Chaining
    • Shaping
    • Chaining
    • Forward Chaining
    • Backward Chaining
  • Task Analysis
    • Task Analysis Step-by-Step
  • What is Discrete Trial Training?
    • Three steps for DTT
      1. Plan
      2. Implement
      3. Monitor
  • Assessment

Module 5: Differential Reinforcement and Extinction

  • What is Differential Reinforcement?
  • When is Differential Reinforcement Used?
  • Differential Reinforcement Step-byStep
    1. Plan
    2. Implement
    3. Monitor
  • What is Extinction?
  • When is Extinction Used?
  • Extinction Step-by-Step
    1. Plan
    2. Implement
    3. Monitor
  • Assessment

Module 6: Functional Communication Training

  • What is Functional Communication Training?
  • When is Functional Communication Training Used?
  • Functional Communication Training Step-by-Step
    1. Plan
    2. Implement
    3. Monitor
  • Assessment

Module 7: Functional Behaviour Assessment

  • What is a Functional Behavioural Assessment?
  • When is an FBA needed?
  • What are the Goals of an FBA?
  • How can an FBA Help Children with ASD?
  • FBA Step by Step
    1. Plan
    2. Implement
    3. Monitor
  • Assessment
  • References

Module 8: How to Become an ABA Tutor or Therapist

  • Introduction
  • What is the Difference between an ABA Tutor and an ABA Therapist?
  • How to Become an Applied Behaviour Analysis Tutor
  • How to Become an Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapist
  • Final Assessment
  • References


Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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