Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
- A science-based approach that can produce socially significant and measurable behavior changes.
- A set of scientific principles upon which educational programs are based.
- Used to treat a wide variety of behavioral and learning problems.
- A process of utilizing motivational factors during teaching.
- Incorporates techniques to help children reach their full potential.
- Evaluates the function of behaviors before determining the course of treatment.
- Designed for patients 21 years and younger diagnosed with a developmental delay and mild to severe maladaptive behaviors.
- Behavioral assessments, behavior reduction programs and verbal behavior programs are developed and implemented by a behavior analyst or behavior specialist.
- Parents/caregivers are involved in all aspects of assessment and
- Community-based services may be implemented as needed.
- Social skills groups are available.
- Teaches children how to communicate utilizing reinforcement and prompting procedures to improve language and communication skills.
- Teaches relevant skills to aid in daily functioning.
- Decreases/eliminates problem behaviors such as, but not limited to, aggression, disruptions, noncompliance, and self-injury.
- Increases/acquires functional replacement skills such as imitation, motor skills, cooperation, social interaction and more.
- Increases compliance.
- Parent training provided on all procedures that are part of the course of treatment.