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Science of ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as many other developmental disabilities. Behavior analysis 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.

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What does research say about Autism and ABA?

  • ABA is an evidence based and effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

  • Several completed studies have demonstrated that ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self care, school and employment.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP published clinical guidelines for the management of autism in 2007 that were reaffirmed in 2010. The AAP states that children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ (intelligence quotient), language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in control groups.

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