Skill Deficits

The application of Behavior Analysis principles is extremely useful in addressing areas of skill deficit that are identified for individuals, most especially those that may need skill sets to be broken down into small units and taught through repetition and frequent practice opportunities.

Skills that are most commonly addressed through Applied Behavior Analysis training include:

Social skills

  • greeting others
  • conversing on topic
  • social pragmatics
  • body language & non-verbal communication
  • conflict resolution & problem solving
  • terminating interactions

Play & Leisure skills

  • turn taking
  • sharing items
  • dramatic & creative play
  • using varied play themes across different items
  • developing a wide variety of leisure interests & abilities

Language/Communication Skills

  • expressing needs and wants
  • understanding spoken language
  • identifying and labeling
  • answering questions, making relevant comments
  • maintaining conversations

Self-care & Daily living Skills

  • hygiene (bathing, tooth brushing)
  • dressing
  • eating
  • cleaning up/chores
  • toileting

Life Skills

  • using money
  • doing laundry
  • grocery shopping
  • using public transportation
  • self-management
  • self-regulation & self-control

Academic Skills

  • Reading
    • Fluency
    • Comprehension
  • Math
  • Writing


From A to Z: Teaching Skills to Children with Autism: A collection of simple, successful strategies to teach academic, self-help, and social skills to teach children with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis techniques by Tameika N. Meadows, M. Ed. BCBA

Self-Help Skills for People with Autism: A Systematic Teaching Approach by Stephen Anderson et al.

Related Research Journals:

Behavior Analysis in Practice

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Journal of Behavioral Education

Journal of the Analysis of Verbal Behavior