Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
Behavior analysis focuses on the key principles that effect us. Positive reinforcement is one of these key principles. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Since the 1960s behavior research analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing behaviors that slow down the learn process.
Modern day ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism. Whether he or she is a toddler or an adult, ABA is effective.
How Does ABA Benefit Those with Autism?
ABA is a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. ABA has rapidly spread over the last decade to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.
What Progress Can Be Expected with ABA?
ABA intervention administered by trained professionals can help learners with autism make meaningful changes in many areas. However, changes do not typically occur quickly. Most learners require intensive and ongoing instruction that builds on their step-by-step progress. That being said, some learners do acquire skills quickly. Usually rapid progress only occurs in one or two particular skill areas such as reading, while much more instruction and practice is needed to master another skill area such as interacting with peers.