What is ABA?
Focused is dedicated to providing individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to promote independence. The goal of ABA is to help individuals with Autism be the best unique individual they can be. Let’s help Autistic people feel safe, accommodated, and accepted in a largely neurotypical world!
Applied Behavior Analysis: the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
ABA is a scientifically valid approach to understanding behaviors (in ABA terms, discovering the "function"), hence, understanding equals the ability to change!
ABA focuses on observable, and measurable behaviors. Yes, this includes "private events" (thoughts, memories, emotions)
ABA uses the principles of learning to increase or decrease behaviors (think about it for a second. . . a "behavior" includes a lot!), and it generalizes learned behaviors (meaning that the learner can use new skills with multiple individuals, in different situations, and in many different environments)
ABA utilizes research-based interventions to teach skills and increase/decrease behaviors.
ABA relies on data collection and analysis to determine the best intervention in teaching new skills/behaviors, and reducing challenging behaviors