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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. ABA uses the scientific principles of learning and motivation in order to teach effectively, and it focuses on the idea that the consequences of what we do affect what we learn and what we will do in the future.


"Applied" is the practice of improving behaviors that will enhance a person's life.


"Behavior" is anything a person says or does that can be seen or heard. A behavioral approach uses a behavioral definition to specify the behavior in need of improvement and document changes in the behavior.


"Analytic" demonstrates a functional relationship between the strategies and procedures imposed on the environment and improvement in the behavior.

ABA therapy meets criteria of research-based, effective interventions including...

  • Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

  • Modeling

  • Joint Attention Intervention

  • Comprehensive Intervention

  • Behavioral Treatment

  • Antecedent Modification

  • Pivotal Response Training

  • Story-Based Interventions

There is no single program or plan that is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is derived from principles that are empirically designed - scientifically based - and each treatment program is individually developed.

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