Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of psychology that focuses on applying learning theories to different people and situations. One specific application of these techniques is intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism.
Teaching techniques based on ABA have been shown to significantly improve the abilities of children with autism to learn and develop. Research has shown ABA to be effective in reducing disruptive behaviors typically observed in individuals with autism, such as self-injury, tantrums, non-compliance, and self-stimulation. ABA has also been shown to be effective in teaching commonly deficient skills such as complex communication, social, play and self-help skills.