What is ABA?


Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).

ABA is widely recognized as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. ABA principles can be used to teach new skills, reduce problem behaviors, and much more!



Applied behavior analysis is:

  • Sub-discipline within Psychology
  • Application of behavioral principles (reinforcement, shaping, extinction, etc) to help improve lives of clients
  • Analysis of variables affecting behaviors of concern
  • Seeking to identify causes of behavior
  • Using that information to develop strategies to teach desired behavior and decrease inappropriate behavior

Applied behavior analysis is not…

  • A “technique”
  • Something you learn by attending a workshop
  • Discrete trials


For more information on ABA, please contact us.

Additional information on ABA could be found at Autism Speaks.

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