What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?

Behaviour Analysis is the scientific approach to understanding the principles of behaviour and learning and how they are affected by the environment. Applied Behaviour Analysis is the application of these principles and it’s main focus is on behaviour that is important to individuals and families and enables them to lead more fulfilling lives.  

Applied Behaviour Analysis in practice places a primary focus on the individual, values the use of positive, reinforcement based intervention, equips individuals with the skills to further success in every day life, relies on science to inform decision making and values lasting behavioural change. 

Applied Behaviour Analysis is an approach with a wealth of scientific evidence to support its application in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to) Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities and ADHD. As well as providing individualised skill acquisition and behaviour reduction programmes behaviour analysts can use the same approach to train and support parents, teachers and other professionals to deliver evidence-based strategies. Research supports the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis in the development of areas including communication and social skills, functional living skills, leisure skills and adaptive skills, as well as teaching functional alternatives to challenging behaviour. ABA is the most used form of Autism therapy in North America.

For those that are interested in accessing some of the Applied Behaviour Analysis supporting research please refer to the ABA supporting research page.