What Is ABA?

If your child has just been diagnosed with autism and you’ve been directed to treat them by using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), you may be wondering… What is this treatment? Is it truly effective?

ABA has been around since the 1960s and was first invented by Dr. Ivar Lovaas. Throughout the decades it has been around, the field of behavior analysis has evolved and changed, developing many techniques for increasing useful behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. With the autism spectrum being so wide, ABA is often individualized to best suit the needs of each child.

While ABA does not work for every child on the spectrum, it is evidence-based and has been shown to be effective for many with autism—all across the spectrum.

Watch as Autism Live gives us a heads up about what ABA is all about and how it has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating kids with autism. Early intervention is key to your child’s development, and it starts with therapy!


While ABA has scientific evidence to back it up, it is not always done correctly or with the child’s best interests at heart. The focus of healthy, correctly done ABA should always, always, ALWAYS be to help the child cope with the challenges of life with autism and learn necessary skills—NOT to “cure” them or make them “appear more neurotypical.” Learn more about the red flags you should watch out for in this article.

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