Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior. ABA has proven to be effective in reducing problem behaviors exhibited by those with developmental disabilities for over 40 years by empirical evidence. Behaviour Analysts use data and evidence based practice to derive conclusions on the possible reasons why a person may present with particular problem behaviors. The data used to inform decisions is collected by systematic observation from trained behavior analysts and repeated measurements.

What is ABA?

ABA is deep-rooted in the principles of behaviour such as positive reinforcement.

You can find out more about behaviour analysis by reviewing the UK Society of Behaviour Analysis website uk-sba.org and/or the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board bacb.com.

Examples of skills taught in an ABA programme.

Examples of skills taught in an ABA programme

  • Speech and communication
  • Receptive language (following instructions)
  • Imitation
  • Social and play skills
  • Self-Help (e.g. toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming etc)
  • Community (e.g. using transport, food shopping)
  • Class, group and academic skills
  • Fine and/or gross motor skills