Behavior Analysis, Techniques, Tips

Applied Behavior Analysis has received the most recognition for treating autism.

Behavior analysis is the study of behavior.

It dates back to the early 20th century. The philosophy behind it is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus.

To date, behavior-analytic scientists have conducted thousands of studies to identify the laws of behavior—the predictable ways in which behavior is learned and how it changes over time.

The underlying theme behind this work is that behavior is a product of its circumstances, particularly the events that immediately follow the behavior.

Behavior analysts have used this information to develop plenty of techniques and treatment to improve lives through analyzing and changing behavior.

Treatment approaches based on ABA has shown to be very effective in a wide number of areas.

Since applied behavior analysis (ABA) is largely based on behavior and its consequences, techniques generally involve teaching individuals more effective ways of behaving and working to change the social consequences of existing behavior.

Due to ABA being first applied to the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, this practice area has the largest evidence base and has received the most recognition.