What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?

Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in our treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. This empirically supported treatment uses techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive changes in behavior.

ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior and is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.

Behavior Analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.

Adapted from autismspeaks.org.

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