What is ABA?

ABA - Applied Behaviour Analysis is the application of principles of learning, derived from psychology research, to improve socially important behaviours. ABA is an umbrella term for a collection of procedures and interventions designed to increase positive behaviours, teach new skills, generalise behaviours to new environments or situations, and to reduce behaviours that are challenging or interfere with learning.

The hallmark of ABA is data collection and analysis to guide clinical decision-making. Children who participate in autism programs based on the principles of ABA have been shown to make substantial and sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance and adaptive behaviour, better than those of children who have had no treatment, low intensity treatment or non-ABA treatment.

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