What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an approach to changing socially significant behavior using the principles of learning and is a prominent treatment for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. The field of ABA is backed by over 50 years of clinical research published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
ABA treatment is a systematic approach to assessing and treating behavior deficits and includes both the reduction of challenging behavior and the increase of appropriate behavior. When a behavior treatment program is not effective, or is not producing the intended results, we will change certain aspects of the program to isolate variables that are preventing progress. When progress is made, we will work to generalize contrived learning scenarios to more realistic situations so that services can be faded to less-restrictive levels. It is not a goal of ABA therapy to continue working with an individual for long periods of time where no progress can be made; however, it is best practice to assess progress on a regular basis and to make necessary revisions to treatment plans that will serve to increase the achievement of behavioral goals. This is not to say that some clients do not receive services for longer periods of time. If services are clinically justified, and they are proven to be effective, services may continue for as long as those two factors are satisfied.