What is ABA Therapy?
ABA stands for “Applied Behavior Analysis”. It’s therapy that’s based on the science of learning and behavior. Behavior analysis helps us understand how behavior works, how it’s affected by our environment and how learning happens. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works in real life situations. The goal with ABA therapy, is to increase the behaviors that are helpful and decrease the behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
What can ABA Therapy help with?
It can help increase language and communication skills. It can also help improve attention, memory, focus, social skills and even academics!
The methods used in ABA therapy have actually been used and studied for decades. It’s been used to help children with Autism and other developmental disorders since the 1960’s.
How does it work?
ABA uses techniques to understand and change behavior. Programs and goals are designed for the individual learner. Therapy can be provided in many different locations; including in the home, at a clinic, in school or in the community. It teaches everyday life skills. The main strategy used in ABA therapy, is positive reinforcement, which encourages positive behavior changes. The overall goal is to help the individual work on skills that will allow them to become more independent and successful for a lifetime.