Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy is an evidence-based behaviour modification therapy which can be effective for children with autism using certain principles of operant conditioning. ABA seeks to reinforce positive behaviours through rewards and seeks to discourage negative behaviours.
A common protocol in applying ABA therapy can be stated as:
Reinforce Desired Behaviour:
Reduce Incentives for Undesired Behaviour:
ABA therapy programs can help:
Increase language and communication skills
Improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics
Decrease problem behaviours