Applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy)
The science of behaviour analysis has been applied successfully in a large variety of fields (e.g., health behaviours, behavioural safety, classroom management, organizational management to name but a few) and across all age-ranges and therefore is considered the basis for evidence-based autism interventions.
This therapy helps reinforce desired behaviours and discourage unwanted behaviours. To do this, therapists use rewards to encourage communication, language, and other skills. ABA helps to give children with autism a chance to show that they are capable of learning and modifying behaviours. For some, that may include teaching them to sleep through the night or helping them learn to make friends.