ABA & Autism

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a branch of behavior analysis.  The primary focus of ABA is to better understand and improve human behavior1.  As all humans behave, ABA is relevant for anyone and everyone.  So what does ABA have to do with autism?  Presently, ABA is the only validated treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism.  Its use is supported by decades of peer-reviewed and replicated research within the autism population.

Applied behavior analysis is backed by more than thorough, well-planned research.

  • The use of intensive ABA has been termed “medically necessary” by United States legislatures, as well as the British Columbia’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General has endorses the use of ABA as the treatment of choice for autism.
  • The New York State Department of Health has reported that intensive ABA for autism is best practice.

 References and Resources

  • 1Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Freeman, S. (2003). Science for sale in the autism wars. Lynden, WA: SKF Books USA, Inc.
  • Harris, S. L & Weiss, M. J. (2007). Right from the start: Behavioral intervention for young children with autism, 2nd ed. Betesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc.
  • Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)*
    * The Behavior Station, LLC is a proud 2015 sponsor of ASAT.
  • BACB Practice Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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