Is ABA Therapy New?

Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, is not new.

Research began in the early 1960s and as long ago as 1981, applied behavior analysis was identified as the treatment of choice for autistic behavior. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, in the U.S. there been a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person's perspective.