ABA therapy is one of the most common forms of therapy for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis and combines the science of learning and behavior. Sometimes called behavioral engineering, ABA involves using the principles of learning, in order to modiify behavior.
ABA therapy is customized and adapted to meet the needs of the individual receiving the therapy. Positive reinforcemnet is a common strategy used during therapy to make it more likely that the behavior will occur again. Desired behaviors are taught through rewards and consequences while carefully measuring the result.
ABA therapy is usually performed by a BCBA (trained behavior analyst). This therapy can happen in school, in an aba therapy center near you, or at home. Many children who receive an early diagnosis of autism receive ABA therapy through early intervention either at home or in an ABA therapy center. Typically a mandate is set for the number of hours a week a person is to receive ABA therapy. ABA therapists sometimes incorporate ABA therapy techniques in public such as the park, the market, or wherever it makes sense.
Many times you can find a great ABA therapist through word of mouth. You can also search ABA therapists near you, using our directory below. If you know of ABA providers that are not listed please let us know and we will add them to our listing.