About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
When your child receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specialists stress that early educational and behavioral interventions is key to ensuring your child acquires the skills they need. While there are many interventions available, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered the gold standard based on its scientific results. ABA involves a system of teaching and reinforcing targeted behaviors. Developed by psychologist Ivar Lovaas of the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention at UCLA, this method of intervention is designed to teach children to communicate more effectively through applied behavior modification techniques.
Parents should first know the facts and understand how this applied behavioral therapy will benefit their child with ASD. It is important to understand that there are fundamental principles of ABA that remain constant regardless of the setting. However, ABA can be individualized for each learner, based on their needs and the setting. ABA at The Deron School is unique in its approach, as it is used in combination with other evidence-based strategies.