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What is ABA?
Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is the gold-standard treatment approach for autism spectrum disorder.
ABA is the only research-based treatment for autism with findings that almost 50% of young children who receive good quality intensive ABA are able to catch up to their typical developmental age.
ABA has over 1000 scientific and peer-reviewed journal articles to support the effectiveness of the ABA treatment.
40 states in the USA have state funding or insurance coverage for ABA treatment for children with autism.
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How does ABA work?
ABA is based on principles of operant conditioning. In essence, consequences have an impact on increasing or decreasing one’s behaviour. Complex skills are taught to individuals through the following 3 simple principles:
Breaking down of complex skills
Pairing with reinforcement
Providing sufficient practice
ABA is essentially a methodology of teaching that can be utilised to teach any skill at any age. In fact most of life has been learned through principles of operant conditioning and ABA. These common sense principles can be applied to individuals of all ages, with and without autism.
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Criticism of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
You’ve heard about ABA in our previous videos. Here, we discuss the common criticisms of ABA and how we have overcome it. Our intention is to create a better understanding of ABA and its efficacy.
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We Provide World-Class ABA Services
Over the last 12 years, we have had the priviledge of providing world-class services to over 400 individuals from 30 different countries.
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