You have heard about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and may be considering whether it is appropriate for your child.
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based treatment that is founded on the science of learning. It is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and systemically applies behavioral laws to change socially significant behavior that improves the lives of individuals.
Decades of research has established that ABA is the most effective treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and has been endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD, PhD, who recommended intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism, stating, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”
Numerous organizations have endorsed the efficacy of ABA including: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Occupational Therapy Association, American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism Society of America and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.
Bringing Out the Best
ABA has been effective in teaching language and improving communication, developing social skills, teaching life skills, working on academics, increasing attending skills, deceasing maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, noncompliance, self-harm and restrictive and repetitive behaviors, and in teaching individuals coping strategies and replacement behaviors. ABA therapy also trains caregivers to teach their child important skills, and to manage their behavior.