Applied Behavior Analysis is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors.
What is ABA
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors. In simple terms, ABA changes the environment in order to change the behavior. ABA has been empirically shown to be effective in a wide variety of areas, including parent training, substa nce abuse treatment, dementia management, brain injury rehabilitation, occupational safety intervention, among others. However, because ABA was first applied to the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, this practice area has the largest evidence base and has received the most recognition.
Is ABA recognised
ABA Therapy is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is also an effective treatment for children with ADD and ADHD. ABA uses continuous data collection to evaluate whether the current teaching method is working.
What happens in ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)is a system of autism treatment based on behaviorist theories which, simply put, state that desired behaviors can be taught through a system of rewards and consequences. ABA can be thought of as applying behavioral principles to behavioral goals and carefully measuring the results.
What Can Children Learn Through ABA?
Most of the time, ABA is intended to “extinguish” undesirable behaviors and teach desired behaviors and skills. For example, ABA may be used to reduce outbursts and tantrums or to teach a child to sit quietly, use words to make requests, or wait their turn in the playground. ABA can also be used to teach simple and complex skills. For example, ABA can be used to reward a child for brushing his teeth correctly, or for sharing a toy with a friend.
While classic ABA can be used in a “natural” setting (a playground, for example), it is not intended to build emotional or social skills. So, for example, while ABA might teach a child to shake hands or greet another person with a handshake, it won’t help that child to feel an emotional connection with another person. It takes an extraordinary therapist to use ABA to teach academic content, imaginative or symbolic thinking, or empathy; as a result, those skills are usually taught in other ways.