Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA.
ABA can be provided to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through direct intervention, consultation and parent training. The goal of ABA is to improve the child’s developmental trajectory and overall rate of learning as defined by clinically significant changes in the child’s cognitive, language and adaptive skills on standardized assessments (Expert Clinical Panel, 2007, p.20). ABA can be provided both structured and naturalistic teaching settings to further develop a child’s learner readiness, communication skills, social and play behaviours, pre-academic and independent living skills.
To provide a solution to behaviors of social significance
Improving social skills
Increase positive socially significant behaviors (through the use of reinforcement)
Maintain Behaviors (Behaviors will be maintained by transferring them over to reinforcement that occurs naturally in their environment)
Generalize Behaviors (Behaviors will generalize across people, environments, situations, and times of day)