What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy? | Butterfly Learnings

Date of Publishing:   

26 June, 2023


Diagnosis and Early Signs



What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Autism Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for behavior & learning. It is proven to work and can be modified as per child's specific needs & interests.

Behavior Analysis helps us to understand common day behaviors and challenging behaviors through:

  • Finding the reasons behind the behaviors.
  • Observing how change in environment affects the behavior.
  • How behaviors are learnt. 

For whom is this therapy for? 

The therapy is for anyone needing a behavior change. However, it is especially beneficial for:

  • Children engaging in challenging behaviors.
  • Children facing difficulty in reaching developmental milestones.
  • Children having Speech Delay. 

What difference does ABA Therapy make in a learner's life? 

  • Teaches daily living skills.
  • Improves languages & communication.
  • Increases play skills and helps the child socialize. 
  • Cognitive development. 
  • Strengthening visual perceptual skills.
  • Reduces problem behaviors. 
  • Boosts academic skills.

How does Autism Behavior Therapy work?

Positive Reinforcement is the driving principle of ABA. If a learner is rewarded after a behavior, the possibility of he/she repeating the same behavior increases. Over the period of time, the child starts showing the desired behavior. . 

In practice, what a autism behavior therapist does is observing & noting down the ABCs:

Antecedent: The event that triggers the behavior, it can be an instruction, change in environment (like a toy, sound, light) or can be internal as well.

Behavior: Response or lack of response shown by the child after the antecedent. It can be measured in action, verbal or other responses. 

Consequence: What happens right after the behavior. This is the factor that determines occurance of the behavior in future. 

How is ABA evidence-based?

Applied Behavior Analysis is known as evidence-based therapy because when a therapist applies a protocol on one particular child, and then repeats the same protocol on ten other children, every child will respond the same way.

As a field of study, practitioners have rigorously researched the effectiveness of ABA for decades. The BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) refers to these research papers and designs the therapy plan accordingly.

Benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis

The therapy is customized as per the child's liking, interests and needs. 

It can be provided all around the child's environment: at home, school, center, and within the community on one-to-one or group sessions. 

The most beautiful part is the parents can also learn ABA. If a problem behavior occurs in places such as home, school or playground where the therapist is unavailable, the parents can independently calm down the child. 

Looking for ABA Therapy near me?

Butterfly Learnings is the first BHCOE-accredited clinic in India providing customized ABA therapy including Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy specific to a child's needs & interest.

Our clinical team consists of BCBA, Behavior Analysts, Pediatric Neurologist & Behavior Therapists strive to create an environment where the little ones master the behaviors and skills that are essential for daily living. 

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