Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific study of behavior and learning. Through ABA we strive to create socially significant changes in behavior by applying evidence-based interventions systematically that can then be objectively measured and evaluated as the change agent. The basic characteristics of ABA include:
- Applying the principles of behavior to socially significant problems and issues.
- Interventions are behavioral, meaning they are observable and measurable.
- Through objective measurement, the cause and effect relationship between behavior change and intervention implementation can be observed.
- Behavioral principles, interventions and concepts can be explained and trained to others in ways that are accessible and approachable by all.
- Intervention planning is evidence-based and systematically applied based on the function of behavior.
- ABA creates robust effects on behavior change efforts.
- ABA based plans are designed to be generalizable to a multitude of environments and the results can be maintain long-term.