What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science devoted to understanding and improving human behavior (Cooper et al., 2019). Applied Behavior Services have been developed to teach life skills such as functional language, daily living skills, functional play, and community-based skills to a variety of populations allowing typically disadvantaged populations to live rich and fulfilling lives. ABA is typically delivered in one of two ways. The first is a comprehensive 25 – 40 hours per week program wherein providers can focus on a wide range of skills and is correlated with better outcomes. The second is a more focused treatment that targets a smaller sample of goals and will typically be between 10 – 24. In either approach, providers work with the child’s natural environment whether it be at home, school, in the community or at a clinic. These services include parent training teaching families how to implement behavioral interventions. Such training gives parents the power to decrease problematic behaviors such as

tantrums and hitting in a safe and effective way while also teaching alternative behaviors. 

A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) seeks to develop behavioral interventions to change behavior. By taking complex skills such as socializing with peers and breaking them down skills into their simplest components, behavior analysists can then teach these components and track the effectiveness of their intervention by collecting performance-based data. ABA offers an approach toward solving problems that are accountable, public, doable, empowering, and optimistic (Heward, 2005). 

Applied Behavior Services have been beneficial for a variety of different populations. Typically, these services are utilized to assist individuals with developmental disabilities such as Autism. In recent times, Applied Behavior Services have become more widespread and are being utilized by businesses looking to increase staff performance, rehabilitation clinics, research clinics seeking to better understand variables that influence behavior, and even teachers struggling to establish structure in a learning environment. When it comes to the application of these services, the possibilities are endless. For more information regarding the various applications of ABA, please visit https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Executive-Summary_220831.pdf.   

At Atlas Behavior Services, we seek to improve the lives of children and adolescents with disabilities through an individualized approach. Using evidence-based treatments, we seek to teach essential skills required to navigate challenging situations in socially acceptable ways. We use principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and procedures developed by behavior analytic research to teach learning readiness skills, communication, daily living and social skills. We utilize best practices to develop function-based treatments to strengthen socially appropriate behaviors and reduce maladaptive behaviors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applied Behavior Analysis: What Is It and How Does It Work?

ABA is a scientific approach to understanding and changing behavior. It involves systematically applying interventions based on the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors.

Who can benefit from ABA?

ABA can be beneficial for individuals of all ages who have behavioral challenges or are seeking to acquire new skills. It is often used to help individuals with autism but can also be effective for individuals with other developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, or other challenges.

How is ABA different from other behavioral approaches?

ABA is an evidence-based approach that is based on the principles of learning theory and has a strong empirical support. It involves the systematic collection and analysis of data to guide the intervention and track progress. Other behavioral approaches may not be as systematic or data-driven.

How is ABA implemented?

ABA interventions can be implemented in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, and clinics. The specific interventions used will depend on the needs and goals of the individual. ABA interventions may involve one-on-one teaching, small group instruction, or naturalistic teaching in which skills are taught within the context of the individual’s everyday activities.

Is ABA covered by insurance?

Coverage for ABA varies by insurance provider and policy. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine what types of ABA services are covered.

Cited Sources

  • Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd Edition).
  • Heward, W. L. (2005). Reasons applied behavior analysis is good for education and why those reasons have been insufficient., Focus on behavior analysis in education: Achievements, challenges, and opportunities (pp. 316–348).
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