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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is systematic behavioral observation and positive reinforcement methods to promote positive social interactions and enjoyable learning.

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach used to understand and improve behaviors of social significance, such as self-help, communication, social and academic life skills. This science reveals the functions of human behavior, actions, and skills, by analyzing the environmental variables responsible for maintaining specific responses. The principles and techniques of ABA, as chosen based on the results of efficient data collection systems, are implemented to bring about positive and meaningful changes in behavior. 

Through Applied Behavior Analysis, skills are broken down into the most basic components, deemed necessary for the individual. These components are then systematically taught until all the skill’s elements are demonstrated and mastered. A variety of behavior analytic procedures are implemented by instructors practicing the principles of ABA as a means of fostering basic and complex skills with each individual served. Each participant’s day is purposefully structured to ensure as many learning opportunities, both planned and naturally occurring, as possible. This systematic approach to learning creates great possibilities for the learner to acquire and practice skills in a variety of structured and unstructured environments.

Parents and other family members are highly encouraged to receive training, in order to be better equipped to support learning, and practice skills in the home and in the community. Clinicians at St. Gerard House make it a point to incorporate compassionate care along with adherence to the science of ABA.  They have a set of interpersonal skills that make them more effective at their job by creating an environment of safety, respect, and rapport between themselves and the client and their family. 

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