What is ABA?

Definition of Applied Behaviour Analysis

“Applied behaviour analysis is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behaviour are applied systematically to improve socially significant behaviour and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behaviour change.”  (Cooper, Heron and Heward, 2007.)

ABA is based on research on the natural science of behaviour. Skinner founded the experimental analysis of behaviour and these principles were then tested to see if they were applicable to human behaviour. The research is extensive, spanning decades, from the 1950’s to the present day. These principles were then applied to change behaviour in many different areas. These areas include:

  • Teaching children with autism and related disorders.
  • Behaviour Management
  • Instructional Design
  • Organisational Behaviour Management
  • Drug Addiction
  • Gerontology
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Neuro-rehabilitation