What is ABA and How Does it Work?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based, effective approach for teaching skills, especially for individuals with autism. It’s really just breaking skills down into smaller components and then teaching those smaller goals systematically using some type of reinforcement. Then we build on those skills until we reach the end goal. We typically begin with an assessment to determine where students are and where to begin teaching. Then we create dynamic programming that is individualized to the learner.
There’s a lot of information out there about ABA, some of it’s true and some of it’s not. Some parents can be apprehensive about the approach and strategies, and at times, there are misconceptions about the method. The more we understand as practitioners, the better we can explain it to those we work with. We discuss how ABA uses data to make positive changes in behavior. We also talk about how it is tailored for each individual learner, why it isn’t only for children or those with autism, and more.
Applied Behavior Analysis has so many terms that can be hard to keep up with. Download our free glossary of terms below!
- The definition of ABA and a deeper dive into what it is.
- How we leverage data.
- Common misconceptions about ABA.