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What is ABA?

Information on this page is to help educate consumers of behaviour analytic services. We want to give you the information that can help you to identify services and service providers that are using up to date and ethical practices within the field of behaviour analysis.

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis

“Applied behavior analysis is the science in which tactic derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables that are responsible for behavior change.” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, p. 20)

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is the science of human behaviour. It is an objective field that focuses on evaluation and reliable measurement. Interventions are designed, implemented, and evaluated systematically to improve behaviours that are important to society.

The effectiveness of an individualised ABA-based intervention is implemented as follows:

  • a specific behaviour is targeted to increase or decrease;
  • goals that are measurable and objective are identified for the target behaviour;
  • method of measuring the target behaviour is set up;
  • current levels of the behaviour is measured; this called a baseline;
  • an intervention for the target behaviour is designed and then implemented;
  • effectiveness of intervention is determined by continuous measurement of the target behaviour; and
  • adjustments are made, as needed, to maintain and/or increase the effectiveness the intervention.

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From the Autism SIG website

The Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International asserts that all children and adults with autism and related disorders have the right to effective education and treatment based on the best available scientific evidence. The Autism SIG further recommends that consumers seek to determine if those who claim to be qualified to direct ABA programs for people with autism actually meet minimum standards. These standards can be found within the “Revised Guidelines for Consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis Services to Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders.” 

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The Behavior Analyst Certification Board also provides recommendations for healthcare funders and mangers in regards to the of ABA with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. To download click here


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