What is ABA Therapy?
ABA is a systematic approach to treating the symptoms of autism while increasing communication and decreasing maladaptive behaviors. It focuses on the fact that not being able to communicate is frustrating and kids will act out as a result. Hundreds of studies have demonstrated that ABA therapy can improve communication, social relationships, play skills, and self-care for children with autism. The techniques are also vital for helping children do well in school and even in employment situations.
When researchers compare ABA with other early intervention or special education programs designed for children with autism, results consistently show that children who receive ABA treatment make greater improvements in more skill areas than children who participate in other interventions. Perhaps even more important, many parents of the children receiving ABA report a significant reduction in daily stress compared with parents of the children receiving other treatments.