ABA therapy programs have significant benefits to individuals on the autism spectrum. They have been shown to:
- increase language and communication skills,
- improve attention, focus,
- enhance social skills, and
- promote academic skills.
Applied behaviour analysis is also highly effective at improving behaviours of concern. It forms the basis of all evidence based practices for addressing behaviours of concern, including Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).
ABA therapy is considered an evidence-based practice by authoritative bodies within Australia and abroad. Being ‘evidence-based’ means that the effectiveness of ABA therapy has been evaluated in a scientific way and the results of those studies show strong positive outcomes.
- For a list of links to publications showing the strong evidence base for ABA therapy, please click here.
The Autism CRC here in Australia has recently completed a comprehensive review of interventions for children on the autism spectrum. These reviews concluded that behaviour interventions have a positive effect on a broad range of domains. You can read more about this report by visiting the Autism CRC website.