How does ABA work?

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How does ABA work?

Maurice (1996) describes ABA as the breakdown of all skills into small, discrete tasks. These tasks are then taught in a highly structured and hierarchical way. As indicated by Maurice (1996) success is heavily reliant on the application of differential reinforcement. Through the use of differential reinforcement the therapist, parent, or caregiver learns how to consistently reward or reinforce desired behaviors, and ignore, redirect, or discourage those behaviors, which are inappropriate.

ABA programs are modified to suit the individual child. Once the core principles of ABA are learned, they can be applied to all areas of the child’s development, including behavior management, communication, social interaction, intellectual growth, among other skills.