Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming, domestic capabilities, punctuality, and job competence. ABA is effective for children and adults with psychological disorders in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, homes, and clinics. It has also been shown that consistent ABA can significantly improve behaviors and skills, as well as to decrease the need for special services.
ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. According to the Center for Autism, ABA helps to improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. ABA also helps transfer skills and behavior from one situation to another (generalization), controlling situations where negative behaviors arise, and minimizing maladaptive behaviors. ABA is most successful when intensely applied for more than 15 hours a week and prior to the age of 4.
ABA can also help aging adults cope with the losses that come with age, like memory, strength, and relationships. ABA can help individuals of all ages to manage some of the lifestyle challenges that accompany many mental and physical health conditions.