Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

walkApplied Behavior Analysis is a science dedicated to making meaningful changes in behavior. ABA involves teaching and maintaining new skills, and reducing problem behavior that interferes with daily living.

Individualized goals are identified for each child.  These skills are broken down into small steps and are taught one at a time, building on prior success. Teaching is focused on promoting generalization of skills for meaningful results for the child and family.

As skills are taught, data are collected to objectively monitor progress.

Many peer reviewed research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ABA.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a professional who is trained to provide behavior analytic services and has been certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Requirements include:

  • Graduate degree (i.e., Masters or Doctorate Degree in a related field)
  • Coursework covering specific content in behavior analysis
  • Supervised practical experience
  • BCBA examinationBACB-Emblem

Once certified, these professionals are required to earn approved continuing eduction credits to maintain certification. For more information please visit the website of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at

In addition to this national board certification, some states offer licensure of behavior analysts. License laws vary from state to state. Connecticut requires behavior analysts to obtain a license to practice. For information on licensure in CT, click here:–Investigations/Behavioral-Analyst/Licensing-Requirements