What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of empirically validated approaches used to bring about meaningful changes in behavior.
ABA is a scientific, evidence-based discipline that strives to understand and improve socially significant behaviors. ABA examines the interactions between people and their environment to determine the effects the environment has on a person’s behavior (the “why” a behavior occurs).
Features of Applied Behavior Analysis
- Scientific and evidence-based
- Teaching of new skills
- Decrease unwanted behaviors
- Individualized treatment plans
- Social behavior improvements
Behavior Analysts systematically assess an individual’s behavior, develop objective goals and a reliable measurement system to monitor progress. In clinical practice, ABA is used to teach new skills, improve performance in already acquired skills and decrease unwanted and challenging behaviors.
Individualized treatment plans are based on assessment results and the specific needs of the child. Social behaviors that have been proven to be highly effectively taught through ABA include communication, social, self-care, independence in daily routines, school-prep skills and more.
“This past weekend, my son had a friend sleepover. This was huge! He really used the skills that he learned, especially compromise. It was great! Thank you!”
Jennifer M., Parent
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