Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most notably used in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. But in truth, ALL children experience problem behaviors at some point in their lives - from the “terrible twos” to the rebellious teen years. This blog is designed to provide an overview of ABA and how it can be a useful tool for typically developing children, teenagers, and even your husband;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is best known for it's use in the treatment of people with developmental disabilities, namely Autism Spectrum Disorders.  What is less known is that ABA contributes to a variety of settings including: education, health and exercise, care and training of animals, industrial safety, organizational management, parenting, and much more. 

Applied Behavior Analysis is defined as the science in which the principles of the analysis of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior, and in which experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for change in behavior. 

What you need to know about ABA is this:
ABA is a science.  
ABA involves assessing the relationship between a behavior and the environment.
The methods of ABA can be used to change behavior.
If you like all the technical jargon, history, and reading lots of words I suggest:


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