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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Behavior analysis is a science that attempts to understand, describe and predict behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the science in a way that is dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of individuals. It is the process of improving socially significant behaviors in a way that shows that the interventions used are responsible for the behavior changes (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).
Procedures that are derived from ABA have been implemented to treat, manage and teach a range of behaviors in individuals with developmental disabilities. Over 500 studies published in various scientific journals show the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis on promoting social skills and language development as well as reducing behaviors that interfere with learning for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A qualified behavior analyst will use these empirically validated research to benefit the clients that they serve.
Who can benefit from ABA?
ABA based programs are effective in helping all learners of various ages, with or without disabilities. ABA principles have been used to help adults in residential facilities, to train teachers in classroom management, or used to solve organizational problems in companies, among other examples of applications of the science. ABA can be used to help any individual or group of individuals with challenging behaviors.
Do you provide services for individuals who have disabilities other than Autism Spectrum Disorder?
We have experience in providing services to children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS), cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, emotional disabilities, oppositional-defiant disorder, among many other behavior and developmental disabilities.
What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) has a minimum of a master's degree in behavior analysis or related field, completed 225 classroom hours of graduate level instruction in the specified content areas established by the BACB®, and accumulated supervised experience hours under someone who holds a BCBA. They must also have had their application approved by review of the board and then take and pass the standardized examination. A BCBA conducts descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. When you hire a consultant who has been certified by the BACB, you can be confident that this person has education and experience specific to behavior analysis. Click here for more information on the certification.