Are you struggling with your child’s challenging behavior?
Throughout the past decade or so, in the world of psychology, autism, and therapies, we started hearing of the term Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We were told that it is the most effective therapy for individuals with autism, and that the earlier the intervention is started, the better the results and progress these individuals make.
What is ABA really? First and foremost, it is a science that studies observable and well-defined behavior and aims at modifying and replacing it with more socially acceptable and age appropriate behavior. From a broader perspective, ABA is a way of life. It is used widely yet implicitly in our daily life. The basics of ABA start when learning to walk, write, drink, and follow the rules and laws. For example, why do we stop at a red light or why do we press the remote control on and off multiple times if it doesn’t turn on the first time?
The most common strategies of ABA, reinforcement and punishment, explain the above principles. We use reinforcement when we want to see more of the targeted behavior or response, and we use punishment when we want to see less of another.
“the earlier the intervention is started, the better the results will be.”