An Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist may use a variety of techniques to change someone’s behaviour. For example, the therapist may try to improve a child’s communication and social skills by demonstrating more effective ways to interact with other children and then rewarding them when they demonstrate the improved behaviours. The therapist will then analyse how well that approach has worked and, if necessary, make changes to the intervention to improve the child’s behaviour next time around.
Applied behaviour analysis – is a systematic way of observing someone’s behaviour, identifying desirable changes in that behaviour and then using the most appropriate methods to make those changes.
Applied behaviour analysis has been used to support a wide range of people, including children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals with other disabilities.