What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research-based therapeutic approach grounded on the principles of human behavior and learning. It relies on making changes in the natural environment that maximize the person’s ability and motivation to learn. ABA professionals analyze the environment and the individual’s behavior to determine the best strategies to teach relevant skills, while tapping on the individual’s strengths and preferences. ABA is supported by scientific research that demonstrates its effectiveness in producing positive outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other developmental delays and challenging behaviors.
ABA treatment is focused on increasing the individual’s adaptive behaviors, such as language, communication, self-care, social and safety skills, and to decrease challenging behaviors that interfere with learning and integration to the community, or are dangerous to the person or others.