Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses the science of behavior to promote meaningful and positive change in the lives of people. Following an assessment period, recommended interventions will be based on the function, or reason, for behavior excesses or deficits.

ABA Services

Some areas of intervention may include:

  • Skill acquisition
  • Safety skills training
  • Social skills training
  • Functional communication training
  • Overcoming barriers to learning
  • Increasing motivation to complete tasks
  • Challenging behavior reduction

ABA uses data-based decision making and relies heavily on caregiver involvement. Caregivers are trained to collect data and implement interventions through sessions with their behavior analyst. ABA service providers and caregivers will work closely to evaluate progress and determine if changes to programming are needed.

All interventions are research-based, individualized to meet each person’s specific needs and functions of behavior, and overseen by professionals who are certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and licensed to practice in the state of Missouri. ABA services can be applicable to all ages and all abilities, and interventions can be implemented in a wide variety of locations, including homes, day programs, schools, and in the community.

If you’re interested in making a referral to ABA services or want to receive more information about ABA services, contact Megan Schmidt at mschmidt@luinc.org.