Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which socially significant behaviors are targeted for change using evidence based treatment tactics. ABA is used to address behavioral and performance needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings including but not limited to home, school, and community. Through continual testing and evaluation of methods, ABA provides a practical basis for not only understanding human behavior but also improving it.
ABA is so effective in changing behavior that it is used in a multitude of areas. A few of these areas include business/organizational management, education, sports, animal behavior and substance abuse. In more recent years, ABA has become synonymous with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early intervention using ABA strategies is highly recommended and proven to be effective with individuals with Autism and other developmental delays. However, everyone behaves (some better than others!) which means ABA strategies are beneficial and applicable to everyone.
There is a large portion of the population, who are not aware of this highly effective, scientifically proven therapy, which could greatly benefit from working with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Many people with prior knowledge of ABA tend to believe that this type of therapy is only applicable once a diagnosis has been made. ABA can not only help in cases where a diagnosis has already been made but is also effective when treating behavioral issues that arise in families where no diagnosis has been made.
A diagnosis does not give you a clear and decisive plan on how to treat the behavior(s) effectively. This means you may find yourself swimming in referrals, information and opinions from everyone you know. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I will collaborate with your family to develop a behavior plan that treats the individual, not the diagnosis. Please see the SERVICES section to obtain a better understanding of some of the areas in which ABA can be effective.