Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA Therapy

How do we learn?
And how do certain diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, affect learning?

Much research has been done on learning theory, or why organisms behave the way they do.

Why do we keep some New Year’s Resolutions, and not others?
Why does “ignore it until it goes away” work – sometimes?
Where did grandma come up with the phrase, “Eat your vegetables and then you can have dessert?” – and why has it stood the test of time?

ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is the vast body of research into the principles of behavior – why we do what we do – translated into real life settings.

ABA has been identified as an effective therapeutic intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Some of the proven technologies in ABA line up with some of the core deficits of Autism.

But ABA is not just for Autism Spectrum Disorders ~ we use it every day.

Do you go to work everyday to get that paycheck?
Have you ever just stopped answering the phone when your mother in law calls?
How about those weight loss programs?

Anytime you try to change behavior, you likely are using principles of ABA.

ABLG designs individualized behavior change programs.

  • Fitness
  • Communication
  • Safety
  • Learning Readiness
  • Inclusion Skills
  • Hygiene
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Independent Play Skills
  • Maladaptive Behavior
  • …And more!
  • ABA therapy is not:

    • Discrete Trial Training (DTT may be one teaching strategy, but is not the whole of ABA)
    • “Working” at a “table”
    • “Ignoring” maladaptive behavior
    • Rewards
    • Only for individuals on the Autism spectrum
    • Just for “problem” behavior – in fact, ABA can address a very broad range of observable and measurable behavior!
    • A therapy that produces “robotic” responding