Concepts and Principles of ABA

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

What is ABA?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement of behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).​

ABA is data driven

All goals and behaviors are objectively defined.  This allows BCBAs to analyze each child's data to make sure their treatment plan is working and progress is being made. 

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities live happy and productive lives.

ABA is an applied science 

There are over 40 years of research that shows using ABA principles can improve socially significant behavior by increasing or decreasing targeted behaviors.