What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a well-developed scientific discipline established from the principles of behavior analysis, which uses evidence based procedures (practices that are backed by research) to motivate, teach and make positive differences in people’s lives.
Goal of ABA
The overall goal of ABA is to increase useful and desired behaviors while decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning and relationships with others. ABA encompasses many different principles of behavior analysis. Some key principles of ABA are reinforcement, motivation, prompting, and shaping.
Who Benefits from ABA?
ABA can help with a wide range of behaviors. It has contributed to successful applications of learning, language, and social skill problems faced by children, youth, and young adults. ABA is the leading treatment for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism, and related disorders. It is supported and recognized by federal agencies in conjunction to scientific and professional organizations.
Informational Videos on ABA and Evidence Based Practices
ABA - Using Science to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children with Autism
Dr. William Heward, professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University, provides a comprehensive overview of ABA. In addition, Dr. Heard discusses teaching strategies and important characteristics of high quality ABA educational programs. This video was produced by Western University's Autism Center of Excellence
Review of Evidence-Based Practices for Parents
Mike Miklos, MS, BCBA, educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, provides information that will help parents learn how to navigate the confusing range of advice that is provided regarding effective educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).