What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis is the study of behavior in applied settings. What that means is that Behavior Analysts look for the causes of behavior within the natural environment. We then use that knowledge to change the environment to support the individual in getting their needs met. When learning new skills, this involves identifying reinforcers and breaking complex skills down to simpler steps. For overly-adapted behaviors, appropriate alternative behaviors that meet the learner's needs are taught.