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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a data-based science that uses the principles of behavior to create meaningful changes in socially significant behavior.

Common Misconceptions of ABA

  • Only can be used with children

  • Not applicable to populations other than Autism

  • Always done at a table or very structured setting

  • Harmful

  • Only uses edibles for reinforcers

  • Produces robotic behaviors

Common Applications of ABA

  • Parenting

  • Autism

  • Weight loss

  • Behavioral medicine and health

  • Justice system

  • Businesses/OBM

  • Environment/sustainability

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