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What is applied behavior analysis (ABA), and how can it help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is one of the most widely accepted therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder. It’s most effective if it begins when children are younger than 5, although older children with ASD can benefit.

ABA helps teach social, motor, and verbal behaviors, as well as reasoning skills. It teaches these through observation and positive reinforcement.

From: Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies: "Autism and ABA."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Relationship Development Intervention."

Perceptual and Motor Skills : “A sensory integration therapy program on sensory problems for children with autism.”

Autism Speaks: “Relationship Development Intervention.”

Synapse: “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies: "Autism and ABA."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Relationship Development Intervention."

Perceptual and Motor Skills : “A sensory integration therapy program on sensory problems for children with autism.”

Autism Speaks: “Relationship Development Intervention.”

Synapse: “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 11, 2018

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