What is ABA?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a positive approach to behavior modification. Methods based on the principles of behavior are used to both increase and decrease behaviors. Some of the strategies are listed below.
Antecedent Interventions: These are preventative measures taken in an attempt to prevent behaviors from occurring. Some examples include:
  • Safety caps on household cleansers and chemicals.
  • Making sure to get home before nap time to avoid the tired toddler tantrums.
Reinforcement: Rewarding behaviors after the behavior occurs.
  • Praise and hugs
  • Screen time
  • Stickers
Prompting: Guiding them to success. Prompts include physical assistance, verbal reminders, lists, pointing, and others.
Teaching alternative and acceptable behaviors to replace problem/maladaptive behaviors.