Applied Behavioural Analysis
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on understanding and modifying behavior. ABA is typically a structured and goal-oriented therapy that involves the identification of specific target behaviors, the collection of data to assess those behaviors, and the use of reinforcement and other behavioral techniques to modify those behaviors.
Identifying Behaviours to Change
Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify the behaviors that they would like to change, and develop a treatment plan that outlines specific goals and objectives. The therapist will then collect data on the client's behaviors to monitor progress, and use reinforcement and other behavioral techniques to modify those behaviors.
For example, if a client is struggling with social anxiety, the therapist may use exposure therapy, a form of behavioral therapy, to gradually expose the client to feared social situations while reinforcing positive behaviors, such as making eye contact or initiating conversation.