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What is ABA

Applied behavior analysis is the application of behavioral science to help make the world a better place. With decades of peer-reviewed research backing its use, the technology behind ABA has proven very powerful for children with a variety of learning challenges. It is particularly effective for individuals on the autism spectrum. With a 90% effective rate, early intensive behavioral intervention is the most comprehensive and effective approach to bettering the lives of those affected by autism and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Surgeon General, and others. (Lovaas, 1987, Howlin et. al., 2009)


ABA focuses on bringing about socially significant behavior change through carefully programmed therapy sequences. A typical early intervention program begins with establishing rapport with the child and supports a philosophy of, “don’t teach anything until the child is happy to be with you.” Once a strong relationship is built, skilled behavior analysts and technicians begin assuring that the child has the tool skills necessary to learn throughout life (e.g. effective communication and language understanding, imitation, and instruction following). With a solid foundation to be a “good learner,” therapy becomes more and more tailored to meet the child’s specific needs in all areas of life.

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