Applied Behavioral Analysis

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.

Characteristics

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