Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a methodology that incorporates basic behavioral principles such as, positive reinforcement; prompting; shaping and generalization, that directly impacts the child's development of language, socialization, and reduction of maladaptive behaviors. This methodology uses techniques such as discrete trial training and systematic data collection to guide treatment planning. ABA is a safe and well-researched evidence based approach to working with children.
Many young children who receive early intensive behavior intervention are able to develop skills that allow them to independently participate in a mainstream school setting. Providing one therapy intensively, rather than multiple therapies less intensively, ensures consistency across home and community settings. Families benefit from learning strategies for facilitating their child's use of newly acquired skills as well as for reducing challenging behaviors.
ABA can be effective in working with children of all ages. However, research indicates children who start therapy at a young age attain better outcomes.