Why ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based science that is highly-effective with children who have a difficult time learning new skills or overcoming certain challenges. ABA is built on the use of objective data collection. By cataloguing what happens before and after a given behavior, and how environmental factors influence that behavior, ABA determines how an individual learns and then teaches that individual to learn new skills and overcome behavior challenges.

ABA therapy can be applied to any behavior including, but not limited to:

  • Communication
  • Speech
  • Academics
  • Social skills
  • Life skills
  • Challenging or disruptive behavior

ABA has decades of documented success improving the lives of children with autism, severe ADHD, and a wide variety of diagnoses, helping them to overcome challenges and reach their full potential. These challenges include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjusting to changes in routine
  • Going out into the community (e.g. restaurants, stores, medical appointments etc.)
  • Eating consistently
  • Eating a wide range of foods
  • Going to bed/getting ready in the morning
  • Successfully completing a haircut
  • Daily life skills
  • Potty training

ABA programs are designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). These individuals have a Master’s Degree in ABA as well as national certification and state licensure to practice ABA. More information about ABA can be found on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, at Autism Speaks, and at Cambridge Institute for Behavioral Studies.