What is it?
Behavior Analysis is a science that focuses on identifying and understanding exactly what influences behavior and learning. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from behavior analysis, and the procedures derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance such as the treatment of autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA, and it is widely accepted to be the most effective, evidence-based theraputic approach used for the treatment of autism. This structured teaching of functional skills has the largest body of published research supporting its efficacy.
What is it for?
In the treatment of Autism, ABA can teach individuals to communicate, play, and function independently by using principles of reinforcement to increase these skills and behaviors.
ABA also provides the best methods for understanding and managing problem and maladaptive behavior such as self-injurious, ritualistic, repetitive, aggressive and disruptive behaviors. It does this primarily through teaching alternative, pro-social behavior and functional communication skills.