What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
The acronym ABA (applied behaviour analysis) is often erroneously misunderstood as “autism treatment”. While ABA interventions are highly successful with people with autism, Behaviour Analysis is more precisely “a scientific problem solving approach aimed at producing socially significant behavior changes for the purpose of improving quality of life for individuals, families and communities” (Kelly, 2013). ABA, first defined by Baer, Wolf and Risley in 1968 (Cooper, Heron and Heward, 2007), is a science not limited to any particular teaching methodology or any particular population. ABA has been successfully applied to: environment sustainability issues, organizational behavior management, speech language pathology, addiction, gerontology, autism, and more.
According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Behaviour analysts provide services to clients with a variety of needs, including, but not limited to, skills deficits (i.e. communication, adaptive behaviors), problem behaviors (i.e. aggression, self-injurious behavior) (see: https://www.bacb.com/about-behavior-analysis/).
Behaviour analysts design, implement and evaluate behaviour change programs that consist of strategies and tactics derived from fundamental principles of behaviour discovered by researchers; these procedures have been experimentally validated to demonstrate the relationship between procedures applied and resulting behaviour change.
For more on common ABA misconceptions, including a YouTube video, see the article by Dr. Amanda Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D: http://www.behaviorbabe.com/commonmisconceptions.htm
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