Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) science of behavior in therapeutic practice. ABA can help us understand behavior, how it interacts with the environment, and how new behaviors and learning can take place. The goals of ABA include increasing pro-social and client/family defined behaviors of interest as well as decreasing behaviors that are challenging, undesirable and interfering with the child's ability to make progress
ABA therapy can help improve social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming, domestic capabilities, punctuality, and job competence while decreasing problem behaviors.
Behavioral analysis has been studied for decades. You may already understand some concepts of ABA such as positive reinforcement - when a behavior is followed by a reward, a behavior is more likely to be repeated. Over time, this will effect behavior change. While there are multiple applications for ABA, it is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for those with autism.