Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on socially important behaviors. It is a flexible, problem solving therapy that can be adapted for the unique needs, goals, and interests of each individual. As a preventative support service, ABA therapy teaches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their caregivers how to support behavioral needs to prevent crises and hardships.
ABA is empirically supported, research-driven and based on scientific principles of human behavior. ABA therapy is overseen by a qualified and trained behavior analyst, typically a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who designs and directs the ABA service.
ABA therapy is used in a variety of settings with children and adults who have I/DD to:
- Systematically study behavior
- Understand the purpose of a behavior
- Manage, improve, or change behaviors and skills
- Decrease behaviors that risk health and safety
- Reduce the need for other specialty services
- Measure improvement of behaviors and skills
Last modified: June 10, 2020