What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach to understanding learning and behaviour. It is currently the best known method for teaching appropriate behaviours and reducing problematic behaviours in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, research has shown that ABA has similar success for children with and without disabilities.
By definition, ABA refers to applying the principles of behaviour to socially important issues to produce practical change. In order to understand, predict and change behaviour, it is important to first understand why behaviours occur. ABA is concerned with observing and modifying what happens before and after behaviour in order to create effective behaviour change. ABA focuses on the development of socially appropriate and functional behaviour, and the reduction of problematic behaviours to help a child get the most out of the world around them.
Techniques based on the principles of ABA can be used to manage challenging behaviour, increase appropriate behaviour and teach new skills. This can be done on an individual and/or group basis. ABA strategies can also be taught to key people in the child’s life to assist in making lifelong, meaningful changes.
Our individualised assessment and planning covers the following target areas;
- Reduction of challenging behaviours
- Communication skills
- Increasing attention and compliance
- Pre-academics and academics
- School skills
- Play skills
- Socialisation and relationship building
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Daily living skills
- Community access skills