Autism Education Program
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an Autism Education Program that has proven to be the most effective form of treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It has been seen to be more successful than other forms of intervention, such as speech and language therapies or behavioral interventions. The goal of Applied Behavioral Analysis is to teach skills that will help your child function in everyday life. These skills include social communication, self-help skills, functional academics, problem-solving, sensory processing, motor planning/coordination, and executive functioning. In this way, ABA helps students learn what they need to know so that they can live independently.
Generally, ABA has undoubtedly created a unique learning environment in several ways including, first, students receive individualized instruction based on their needs. This ensures that each student receives exactly what they need at every moment during class. Second, teachers use positive reinforcement when teaching students. They praise good choices and ignore bad ones. Third, students work together in small groups which allow them to practice their newly learned skills. Fourth, students are taught to solve problems using strategies rather than being told what to do. Fifth, students are encouraged to take ownership of their education. Students are given opportunities to choose their own goals and develop plans to achieve them. Finally, students have access to all materials needed to complete assignments. All these factors create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable enough to try new things without fear of failure.
Looking at how ABA works from an academic perspective, it teaches students about themselves by helping them understand why they behave the way they do. Another important aspect of ABA is its focus on developing independence. By encouraging students to become independent learners, they gain confidence and begin thinking critically. As a result, they have better success in school because they feel less overwhelmed by new situations.