Applied Behavior Analysis is the application of techniques based on scientific principles of behavior to improve socially important behaviors and decrease problematic behaviors to a meaningful degree (Cooper, Heron, Heward 1987).
Research has shown that intensive ABA is more effective at producing significant and lasting improvement in children with autism than other therapies.
There is more than 50 years of research showing individuals with autism benefiting from ABA therapy and it is the only treatment recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General.
It is also the treatment of choice endorsed by The New York Department of Health, The National Institute of Mental Health, The National Research Council, The Association for Science in Autism Treatment and The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Outcome studies have shown individuals who receive ABA during the early intervention years can make amazing progress (significant increases in IQ) and in some cases children have become indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers.
The Behavioral Approach to Education:
- Presents tasks in a comprehensive way
- Reduces the extraneous factors involved in learning situations
- Channels behaviors which are non-functional
- Builds alternatives to maladaptive behaviors
- Shapes complex social and communicative behaviors
Data is collected and graphed during each therapy session to monitor progress, assess teaching methods and guide the individualized curriculum for the learner.
ABA can be beneficial to people of any age.
Go the FAQ page to learn more details about therapy sessions.
What is a BCBA?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a professional who has expertise in conducting behavioral assessments, interpreting data; developing and supervising behavior intervention programs.
Do BCBA's only work with persons with autism?
No, just because a person is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that does not guarantee they have the expertise to work with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Is there an Autism Certification for BCBA's?
The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) had been considering an autism specialty certification, but have decided to no longer pursue the certification