Applied Behavior Analysis

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on significant and lasting behavior change, both to increase desirable behaviors and to decrease undesirable behaviors. ABA has been demonstrated effective to improve upon a wide variety of specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, daily living skills, hygiene, motor skills, and visual performance tasks. ABA is effective for individuals of all ages, in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, homes, and clinics.


Where Are Services Provided?

Atlanta Autism Center provides ABA services in the setting most appropriate for your child, including options of in home, clinic based, and community/school based therapy.


When It's Used

ABA is widely known as the most evidence-based intervention available for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or with other developmental disabilities. When ABA is implemented consistently beginning at a younger age (e.g. for at least 20 hours per week, prior to the age of 4) it can significantly improve upon behaviors and skills and decrease the need for special services over a lifetime.

ABA can help autistic individuals improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. ABA also helps transfer skills and behavior from one situation to another, by modifying the environment or settings that serve as triggers for challenging behaviors.


What to Expect

Together with our ABA treatment team, you will:

1) Determine which of your child's behaviors require change

2) Set clear goals and expected outcomes

3) Establish ways to measure changes and improvements

4) Evaluate/assess where your child is now

5) Your child will acquire new skills and replace challenging behaviors with more appropriate behaviors

6) Regularly review your child's progress

7) Decide whether or not further behavior change is necessary

The length of time spent in ABA depends on the types of deficits being addressed, and your child's rate of progress.


Initiating Services

ABA treatment team will begin by assessing your child to determine the goals for intervention, and current abilities. Once assessment is completed, an individualized treatment plan will be developed.

During therapy sessions the ABA treatment team will work 1:1 with your child on the selected goals, while simultaneously implementing behavior analytic strategies to reduce challenging behaviors. Precise data collection occurs during each therapy session. For the greatest results, ABA requires ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of applied interventions.