What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a well-developed, evidence-based discipline that applies the principles of learning theory to produce practical, socially significant changes in behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional assessment of the interaction between environment and behavior. ABA manipulates environmental events, including setting events, antecedent stimuli, and consequences to change behavior. A data-driven approach, ABA measures the effectiveness of intervention throughout implementation by evaluating changes in behavior overtime.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) indicates that “the successful remediation of core deficits of ASD and the development of restoration of abilities, documented in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies published over the past 50 years, has made ABA the standard care for the treatment of ASD.”
ABA for ASD has been endorsed by multiple institutions, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General.