Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. “Behavior” refers to all kinds of actions and skills (not just maladaptive behavior), and “environment” includes all sorts of physical and social events that might change or be changed by one’s behavior. The science of behavior analysis focuses on principles (that is, general laws) about how behavior works, or how learning takes place. For example, one of many principles of behavior analysis is positive reinforcement: When behavior is followed by something that is valued, that behavior is more likely to be repeated in the future.
Through decades of research… The field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behavior and reducing those that may be harmful or that interfere with learning. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of those techniques and principles to address socially important problems, and to bring about meaningful and long term behavior change in individuals with behavior disorders. ABA is the gold standard treatment for children on the autism spectrum.
What Does Therapy Look Like?
1. Behavioral therapy done in patients home to work on functional problems affecting the daily life of the patient and the family unit.
2. Therapy includes involvement of the parents/guardians.
1. Therapy conducted in clinical provides for more environmental control.
2. It allows for peer mediation and opportunities for social engagement
1. Promotes generalization
2. Increases longevity and maintenance.
1.Wrap around with speech, occupational, and physical therapies