What Is ABA?

​Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
​Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach for changing behaviors. ABA has been shown to be effective for not only increasing positive behaviors, but also decreasing problem behaviors. The procedures used by behavior analysts (e.g., positive reinforcement, functional behavior assessment) are derived from the principles of learning and human behavior. These procedures are used to modify an individual’s environment to promote desired behaviors.​

Broad applications
Behavior analysts are widely known for working with individuals diagnosed with autism, but the benefits of ABA are not limited to this population. ABA-based strategies for changing behavior are effective for individuals of all age, and ability.The effectiveness of ABA for treating individuals living with autism has been documented time and time again with an abundance of research.

Research
The American Academy of PediatricsThe American Academy of NeurologyThe US Surgeon GeneralThe National Institute of Mental HealthThe American Psychological Association​Journal of Applied Behavior AnalysisBehavior Analysis in Practice