Applied Behaviour Analysis

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?

ABA gives us insight into a person’s behaviour, then strategies to encourage appropriate behaviours and quality of life.

The principles of behaviour surround us in everyday life. One of the core principles is to have socially significant gains for the people who practice and implement these strategies.

When people hear “ABA”, most people think of young children with Autism and highly intensive programs, however the applications of ABA are limitless! ABA has been used with a wide range of populations, ages, and cultures, worldwide.

What can ABA help with?

  • Crime, Delinquency & Forensic Behaviour Analysis
  • Gambling
  • Health, Sport, and Fitness
  • Organisational Behaviour Management
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Environmental Planning + Climate Change
  • Economics
  • Government Policy
  • And of course, teaching new skills!

ABA + Autism

Decades of research has found ABA to be the most effective treatment for children and adolescents with autism. Research has shown significant improvements across a range of domains, including self-help skills, communication skills, social skills, school readiness, as well as reducing challenging behaviour

Quality indicators of an ABA program

  • An initial assessment
  • Individualised, clearly defined, purposeful, socially significant goals and programs
  • Parent education and training component
  • Data collection & graphing of data
  • Frequent monitoring, analysis, and evaluation of data collected
  • Training and ongoing support and supervision for people implementing programs
  • Maintenance and generalisation of skills taught
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