What is Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”)?

Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).

In 2013, a federal judge ordered Florida Medicaid to immediately cover ABA for children with autism “to prevent irreversible harm to these children’s health and development.” The large amount of scientific evidence supporting ABA treatments for children with autism have led a number of agencies to endorse the effectiveness of ABA, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the New York State Department of Health,the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The United States Surgeon General (1999) stated,”Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning and appropriate social behavior.”

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