Q. Why is ABA the most recognized therapy for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum?
A. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidenced-based therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Therapists have used ABA to help children with autism and related developmental disorders since the early 1960s. Behavior analysis helps us to understand how behavior works, how behavior is affected by the environment, and how learning takes place. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning. ABA therapy programs can help increase language and communication skills; improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics; and decrease problem/harmful behaviors. A qualified behavior analyst designs, oversees and customizes the therapy program to each learner’s needs.
Kelly Walker \ Clinical Director Behavioral Innovations www.behavioral-innovations.com