ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. Simply put, ABA applies behavioral principles to everyday situations that will over time increase or decrease a targeted behavior. Specifically the aim is to improve what we call, socially significant behaviors. While ABA can be used to address any behavior, it is most widely used and recognized for treatment of severe behavioral challenges or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Socially significant behaviors include communication, social skills, domestic skills, academics, and adaptive living skills such as eating, food preparation, toilet training, and personal self-care.
How does it work?
The focus of behavior analysis is on how learning takes place, like positive reinforcement. When a behavior is rewarded it is more likely to be repeated. ABA can be conducted individually or in a group setting.
ABA and natural environment
This form of treatment is best conducted on site in the child’s school, home, and community or wherever the targeted behavior most likely will occur.
How to choose an ABA provider
When choosing a provider, it is important to find someone who is trained in ABA and who shares your philosophical approach to behavior and interventions.