What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis is the leading research supported therapeutic treatment .In ABA principles of various behaviours are applied consistently for behavior modification .
ABA is an umbrella term, used to refer to a way to maximize learning and minimize inappropriate behaviors. The parent’s involvement is very important by keeping track of what their child is learning and encouraging them to use the skills they have learned outside of therapy time.
A large part of ABA therapy is behavior management, so therapy sessions would also include targeting inappropriate behaviors and teaching the child what to do instead of engaging in the inappropriate behavior. ABA relies heavily on reinforcement.
It uses a combination of rewards and consequences, so that children learn better and more effectively.
In addition to benefiting children with Autism, research has also shown that ABA can greatly benefit individuals with mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and many other disabilities.