Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the specific and comprehensive use of the principles of learning, including operant and respondent conditioning, in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals.
Applied Behavior Analysis is well-recognized as the most and effective treatment for autism spectrum disorder. Applied Behavior Analysis teaches the fundamentals of learning, and then builds up to address more complex skills such as reading, conversing, and understanding another person's perspective.
A large body of scientific evidence now demonstrates that, among children with an autism spectrum disorder, ABA can produce marked improvements in play, self care, communication, social relationships, academics, and employment. Improvements have also been achieved in learning, reasoning, and adaptability.
Research also demonstrates that Applied Behavior Analysis is effective for building important life skills with teens and adults. ABA can be helpful for helping these individuals transition to employment or independent living.