ABA is the applied use of principles and methods of behavior analysis to create meaningful changes in socially important behaviors. Over 30 years of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of ABA for treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children who receive early, intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) have demonstrated positive improvements in their development.
ABA focuses on improving positive behaviors and eliminating negative behaviors in order to teach a variety of skills (such as communication, adaptive skills, feeding, and toilet training, etc.). Interventions using applied behavior analytic principles have long been established as effective approaches to increase appropriate behaviors and decrease problem behaviors for individuals with ASD. The success of ABA can lead to significant improvements in many areas such as the ability to more effectively communicate, following instructions, socialization and play, as well as developing critical daily living skills.