ABA therapy works to increase functional communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and expand communication skills. Additionally, it can decrease challenging behavior impeding with learning or that may be harmful to their self or others. ABA is helpful in teaching new skills to replace challenging behaviors by increasing appropriate behavior and decreasing challenging behavior. An increase in learner readiness skills, social and play skills can be achieved through ABA. The intervention can also increase independence in self-help skills, academic skills, promote generalization of skills and behaviors.
It is the goal of the ABA therapists to increase their client’s abilities to express their wants and needs to others, make friends or maintain social relationships, complete age appropriate activities of daily living (i.e. toileting, hand washing, tooth brushing, dressing, etc.) and learn and maintain new skills.