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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a science based on learning and behaviour. It is a set of principles that can be personalised to the individual to help teach important skills.
ABA is evidence based, using reflective teaching and tracking progress to celebrate every achievement through fun and motivating learning. ABA helps us to understand how behaviour works and how it is affected by the environment. By applying this to learning, ABA can help with increasing language and communication as well as academic and self-help skills.
Closely linked with ABA, Verbal Behaviour (VB) refers to a view that language is a behaviour which is learnt and acquired in the same way as other skills. The foundations of VB are rooted in the work of the psychologist and behaviourist B.F Skinner. There is a large body of research supporting this analysis of language and its application to teaching children and young adults with autism.