What is ABA Therapy?
Applied behavior analysis is a therapy with the goal of increasing desired behaviors , while decreasing undesired behaviors at the same time. This is performed by determining why someone is engaging in a behavior in the first place, what is maintaining the behavior, and what can be done to encourage the desired behavior. ABA engages a wide variety of teaching techniques that are personally tailored to an individual’s skills, learning styles, and needs. Those in the field strive to remain individualized in their treatment, while ensuring that families get the support that they need throughout the process.
ABA has remained the top empirically validated treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, but it is a successful treatment option for anyone looking to change behaviors.