Behavior analysis is a science for understanding and improving human behavior. It takes a scientific approach to examining the relationship between behavior and environmental variables and utilizes research-based methods for behavior change. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) applies these principles to everyday life and works toward outcomes that provide meaningful changes in a person’s life. ABA therapy uses the systematic delivery of prompts and reinforcement to teach new skills and to help reduce/eliminate problem behaviors. In addition, therapists work to capture each child’s motivation to maximize learning and make learning fun. Applied Behavior Analysis can be used to reduce problem behaviors and to teach a wide variety of skills, including communication, self-care skills, social skills, and many more.
Decades of research support the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis with a wide range of populations. An ABA approach focuses on behaviors that are socially significant, those that make a difference in a person’s life.
While programming is based on the principles of behavior and utilizes research-based procedures, treatment is individualized for the learner. Each child’s treatment plan is designed with their unique needs in mind. Treatment goals are worked toward systematically, and data collection is ongoing to measure progress and inform treatment decisions. Parents or caregivers are also given appropriate training to support the process.