ABA – Professional & Scientific Positions

Based on the empirical evidence, many agencies and organizations have concluded that ABA-based procedures represent best practices for individuals with autism and intellectual disability.

Scientific and Professional Agencies

Autism Speaks states that “ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism”; and “Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment.”

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned with intellectual disability and related disabilities, designated ABA-based procedures for the treatment of behavioral problems with individuals with intellectual disability and related disorders as “highly recommended“.

Organization For Autism Research state that “[ABA] is distinguished from other interventions because it has been proven effective in promoting skill development in peabout page-our valuesrsons with autism.”

In the National Autism Center’s National Standards Report (2009) behavioral interventions based on ABA were found to have an established level of evidence to support their use. Examples include, behavioral packages, antecedent packages, comprehensive behavioral treatment for young children, modeling, schedules, pivotal response training, and self-management packages.

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders provides a list of several treatment options or components founded in applied behavior analysis (i.e., antecedent-based intervention, differential reinforcement, discrete trial training, functional behavior assessment, functional communication training, extinction, prompting, reinforcement, etc.) which have been demonstrated to be efficacious in children with autism.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) found that “…ABA is effective in increasing behaviors and teaching new skills….ABA is effective in reducing problem behavior…and also indicates that, when implemented intensively (more than 20 hours per week) and early in life (beginning prior to the age of 4 years), ABA may produce large gains in development and reductions in the need for special services


Federal Agencies

Center for Disease Control  indicate that a “… notable treatment approach for people with an ASD is called applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA has become widely accepted among health care professionals and used in many schools and treatment clinics….

National Institute of Mental Health NIMH recognizes that ABA has become widely recognized as an effective treatment for individuals with autism (see treatment options section).

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development states that “… applied behavior analysis (ABA), [is] a widely accepted approach that tracks a child’s progress in improving his or her skills…