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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) employs methods based on scientific principles of behavior to teach static skills and reduce problematic behaviors. ABA focuses on teaching small measurable units of behavior systematically using positive reinforcement. Prompts of all kinds are used and faded quickly to avoid prompt dependence.

Who will benefit from ABA?

Children with autism who display negative behaviors or require assistance acquiring rote, static skills can benefit from ABA.


The Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills (The ABLLS: Partington, Sundberg) is administered in order to assess the child's strengths and weaknesses. Results of the assessment are discussed with the family and a comprehensive program is developed.


Suggested Reading:

  • Let Me Hear Your Voice by Catherine Maurice
  • Unraveling the Mysteries of Autism by Karen Seroussi
  • Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by Catherine Maurice

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