What is ABA?

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, behavioral management approach. ABA is an evidence-based best practice treatment endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association. By using special techniques and positive reinforcement, ABA therapy can create significant and measurable change. ABA has been proven to improve attention, focus, social skills and memory, as well as decrease challenging behaviors such as aggression and self-injury. Effective and high-quality ABA should teach children "what to do", not just "what not to do."


ABA focuses on positive reinforcement strategies to increase positive behaviors while simultaneously decreasing negative or disruptive behaviors. While many people believe ABA is only effective for children with an autism diagnosis, the principles and methods of ABA have been used effectively in many circumstances to develop a wide range of skills in people of all ages with and without disabilities.