Focused ABA interventions for problem behavior are designed for each individual based on an understanding of what antecedents may “trigger” problem behavior and what consequences may reinforce (reward) it. Functional behavioral assessment can be performed using a range of procedures, including interviews, questionnaires, direct observation in the individual’s natural setting, and / or systematically presenting…

 ABA is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism. ABA-based treatment strategies maximize the learning potential of persons with ASD, and are flexible, individualized and dynamic. Individuals with other disabilities or…

Much of the beginnings of ABA can be traced to a group of faculty and researchers at the University of Washington including Don Baer, Sidney Bijou, Bill Hopkins, Jay Birnbrauer, Ivar Lovaas, Todd Risley, James Sherman, and Montrose Wolf. Ole Ivar Løvaas is considered a grandfather of ABA and developed standardized teaching interventions based on…

ABA therapy is used to help individuals acquire specific skills. It’s most well-known for teaching important skills to individuals on the autism spectrum. Behavior Analysis is used around the world to help all kinds of people overcome all kinds of social and behavioral problems such as quitting smoking, addressing personality disorders, relationship counseling, obsessive compulsive…

Autism Speaks states that “ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism”; and “Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment.” The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly the American Association on Mental Retardation), the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of…

Behavior Analysis is used around the world to help all kinds of people overcome all kinds of social and behavioral problems such as quitting smoking, addressing personality disorders, relationship counseling, obsessive compulsive disorders, and many other common issues. Behavioral principles only began being used for children with autism in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Studies…

Much of the research on ABA therapy suggests that treatment is most effective as an intensive intervention of 30-40 hours per week if the child is under 5 years old. Often times ABA therapy is recommended based on the consumers additional services such as their school schedule.

ABA therapy is highly intensive and requires the therapist to be knowledgeable, consistent, patient and empathetic. In addition, the therapist must be capable of objectively observing and analyzing the behaviors, design appropriate ABC steps and implement them effectively. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designs an ABA program and monitors its application by parents and…

ABA therapy can look very different depending on the individual receiving the therapy. For example, for a young child, ABA therapy may look like playtime, in which the therapist is playing with the child and using natural opportunities to teach language, social skills or play skills. For an older child, aba therapy could occur in…

The diagnosis of Asperger’s was eliminated in the 2013 fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and replaced by a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on a severity scale. ABA Therapy has been documented to work on all levels of severity on the autism spectrum.