About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is recognized by members of the medical and mental health community as being the most effective method for meeting behavioral goals in the field of Autism. It is considered a medically necessary treatment, and is therefore mandated by law to be covered by public and private health insurance in most states.
The science of behavior analysis is informed by over 100 years of research showing that environmental factors, which can be identified and manipulated, profoundly affect behavior. A person need not even be aware of these factors for them to exercise this control. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy focuses on behaviors of social importance specified by each client’s individual situation. Behavioral goals are set through consultation with the client and the client’s family, taking into consideration personal and cultural concerns, and may include, but are not limited to, foundational skills such as language and communication, socialization, and daily independence. Behavior Analysts intervene with research-based strategies to help clients reach their behavioral goals. Scientific methods, including objective description and fine measurement, are employed and informed by the latest peer reviewed publications on the experimental analysis of behavior. ABA Therapy uses its scientific approach to pinpoint the above-mentioned environmental variables that reliably influence the behaviors indicated by a client’s behavioral goals and develops a technology of behavior change based on her ability to manipulate those variables.