Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the empirically validated science of behavior to bring about meaningful and sustainable behavior change.​

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA utilizes the principles of behavior to develop and apply interventions tailored to the specific needs of each individual client. These interventions focus on increasing appropriate behaviors and decreasing problematic behaviors leading to more independent and active participation in daily life.

Why is that behavior occurring?

Every behavior has a purpose or function whether it is to get something, avoid something, or just to make yourself happy. Think about it this way:  When it is cold outside, you put on a coat before leaving the house.  Why?  Well to prevent yourself from getting cold, of course!  The function of putting on a coat is to avoid the cold and stay WARM.


is the key behavior analytic principle used in CARE’s programming because when a behavior is followed by something you like, the behavior is more likely to be repeated in the future

Let’s take the coat example again. When you put on a coat before going out into a cold, blustery winter day, you stay warm. You really enjoy staying warm in your coat, so the next time you go out on a cold day you grab your coat before you head outside. Voila! Reinforcement!

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