Applied behavior analysis (aba) is:
“A systematic, data-based approach to analyzing, understanding, and changing human behavior.” (Dr. Jon S. Bailey)
A scientific approach to improving socially significant behavior, derived from the principals of behavior, and systematically applied in order to improve behavior.(Cooper, Heron & Heward; 2007)
Visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) website to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Professionals that are qualified to provide ABA services.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or BCBA®is a skilled professional, deemed to have specific expertise in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis. A BCBA® has the minimum of a Masters Degree, has completed extensive graduate-level course work in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®), an internationally recognized credentialing board. BCBA®’s are generally fascinated by the science of learning and enjoy helping people improve their lives through ABA.
Applied Behavior Analysis isinternationally recognized as an evidence-based practice that is both safe and effective in the treatment of behavior challenges that manifest as result of a developmental disorder, such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
ABA Providers (i.e., BCBA's and BCaBA's) use theoretical concepts from the science of behavior analysis to systematically increase certain behaviors while decreasing other behaviors based on the functions of those behaviors. For example, using the concept of positive reinforcement, if a BCBA wants to increase a behavior in his or her client (e.g., complying to a request), then she must reinforce or "reward" that behavior so that it is more likely to occur again in the future. If the BCBA wants to extinguish a behavior (e.g., tantrums), then she can remove all the reinforcement surrounding that behavior, so that over time the behavior diminishes. The goal is always to increase adaptive, prosocial behaviors that benefit the client directly, while decreasing inappropriate, maladaptive behaviors that interfere with functional living goals.
ABA can be viewed as a seemingly simplistic concept of cause and effect, but it is the systematic approach of applying these basic concepts that lends the greatest long-term positive behavior changes. Talk to a BCBA today to see if ABA might be right for your child and family.