Applied Behavioral Analysis

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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” includes any influence – physical or social – that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.

On a practical level, the principles and methods of behavior analysis have helped many different kinds of learners acquire many different skills – from healthier lifestyles to the mastery of a new language.

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. At Thrive we tend toward the play based model of ABA intervention, but we recognize that PRT and even limited usage of discrete trial are sometimes warranted.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. And at Thrive, ABA is used to drive home the three focus areas of all therapies: communication, social skills, and life skills.