Help Us Learn - What is ABA

ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) is a proven and highly effective way to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay). There are many published studies attesting to the effectiveness of this approach. 

The learning is broken down into very small, or 'discrete' steps and taught using repetition, positive reinforcement, and whatever degree of prompting is necessary for success. Typically, children would participate in this kind of a program for 30 - 40 hours a week, and follow a curriculum tailored to their needs and level of development. 

Often these programs are started in the home, with the family hiring and training a team of 'workers' or 'therapists' to do the teaching. The curriculum is frequently designed and supervised by a Behavioural Psychologist, although there are many books and web sites that provide curriculum so that parents can create their own program. 

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