Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment that aims to improve social, communication and learning skills by using the principles of reinforcement. ABA is known as the ‘gold standard’ treatment for children with autism, however ABA is used in a variety of situations. The main goal of ABA treatment is to ensure that the skills learned by the child are generalized to all environments which the child participates in. (e.g., community, school, home).
Common Areas of Treatment
Increase communication effectiveness
Increase clarity and specificity of requests (e.g., food, toy, activity)
Establish or increase interest in others around them
Increase focus in school
Reduce or eliminate self-harming behaviors
Reduce or eliminate challenging and interfering behaviors