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Applied Behavior Analysis

“I was researching what program […] would be the best fit for Matthew, and it hit me pretty quickly that it was going to be one based on science, that it was going to be one that had proven outcomes, and…what a gift.”

Somerset Hills Learning Institute Parent

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was concisely defined in 2001 by Dr. Donald M. Baer, one of Dr. Brothers’ mentors and one of the field’s first researchers and practitioners. He said ABA is: “A scientific process of identifying environmental supports for improving behavior.”

More specifically, ABA is an experimental science of behavior. It produces analysts who can demonstrate that observed improvements in behavior are a function of procedures put in place by them. These analysts turn to their data and learn from it when a procedure fails to determine what might be done next.

Our Advantage

The ABA Advantage

ABA focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place- the relationship behavior has with environment. Behavior Analysts objectively describe, quantify, and analyze behavior. They operate from assumptions of all natural sciences: the belief that the world is an orderly place where events occur because of other identifiable events rather than by chance.

Making an Impact

Changing the Future

Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many strategies for increasing useful behaviors and reducing dysfunctional ones. These techniques (e.g., contingency management, positive reinforcement, incidental teaching, etc.) are used in the structured classroom environment as well as in the home and community.

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