What is ABA

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) describes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the production of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings.

According to the BACB,  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) can do the following:

  • conduct behavioral assessments
  • analyzing data
  • writing and revising behavior-analytic treatment plans
  • training others to implement components of treatment plans
  • oversee the implementation of treatment plans

Behavior analysts are qualified to provide services to clients with a variety of needs.  Some of these include:

  • including improvements in organizational functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions)
  • skill deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior),
  • problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior), among others.


What does all this mean?

ABA collects information on behavior that is happening in everyday life.  Behavior Analysts use this information to apply researched based principals called interventions to increase or decrease targeted behaviors.  Data is constantly being collected on the interventions to make sure they are working or need to be changed.