Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is branch of behavior analysis focused on improving socially significant behaviors. Behavior analysis is the scientific study of behavior. The practice of ABA uses specific procedures and technology based on the principles of learning, behavior, and motivation. Applied behavior analytic programs represent a systematic approach to analyzing and impacting behavior. ABA-based programs establish behavioral objectives, selection and application of valid and reliable measures, frequent data-recording, consistent application of prescribed strategies, and an evaluation and analysis of results.
Applied behavior analytic services are evidence-based, the most widely recognized, and effective treatment for individuals with autism. ABA methods are used to help individuals with autism by improving their quality of life and social access and connection via acquiring new skills and reducing behaviors of concerns.
2007: American Academy of Pediatrics concluded that “children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior.”
2008: MIND Institute concluded “the strength of the findings from the four best-designed, controlled studies…” ABA is “well-established” for improving intellectual performance of young children with ASD.
2009: National Autism Center (NAC) reviewed 775 educational and behavioral treatment studies between 1957 and the fall of 2007 literature; only 11 met the highest standards, and all 11 were based on a foundation of behavior analysis