WHAT IS ABA?
Applied behavioral analysis, also commonly known as ABA, is the application of operant and classical conditioning to modify human behaviors as part of a learning or treatment process. Behavior analysts focus on the observable relationship of behavior to the environment, including antecedents and consequences, without resort to “hypothetical constructs”. By functionally assessing the relationship between a targeted behavior and the environment, the methods of ABA can be used to change that behavior.
Methods in applied behavior analysis range from validated intensive behavioral interventions—most notably utilized for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—to basic research which investigates the rules by which humans adapt and maintain behavior. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_behavior_analysis)
ABA is the most researched on form of intervention for people with autism. Journals articles have shown that ABA created the most substantial improvement for people with Autism. Below are the links of some journal articles about ABA. We use ABA as our core methodology. For some of the children that we interact with, we combine cognitive psychology with behavioral psychology and uses this combined methodology known as CBT. As ABA and CBT are methodologies, it can be used with any language. In AutismSTEP, we offer ABA and CBT in both English and Mandarin.
Check out the ABA Review.