ABA is a treatment approach that was developed over 100 years ago to help us gain a better understanding of how we learn. ABA utilizes empirically validated approaches to address challenging behavior as well as to teach a vast range of skills needed to experience a rich and fulfilling life. Over a century of research and clinical experience using behavioral learning principles has improved our understanding of the complex relationship between our experiences and the environment, and how we learn and interact.
What distinguishes ABA from other disciplines?
ABA focuses on the observable aspects of behavior and a thorough analysis of the relationship between our actions and environmental events. ABA has proven to be effective in dealing with a variety of issues arising across the lifespan, ranging from adults with depression and rebellious adolescents to children with ASD. We now understand that because our actions and reactions are learned, challenging behaviors can be unlearned and more fulfilling ones can be fostered. ABA-based treatment turned out to be the ideal solution for helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because it allowed us to make sense out of what may have otherwise remained a mystery.
Unlike many children who seemingly absorb the myriad of lessons of everyday life without effort, children with ASD need highly systematic and individualized instruction that both highlights essential information and provides immediate and meaningful feedback. Although ABA involves a highly specialized approach to teaching, its remarkable breadth can be used to teach an array of life-enriching skills. Skills that lead to success in school, effective communication with others, increased independence, fulfilling life interests, genuine social reciprocity, and meaningful, lifelong relationships.