The Science of Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis


Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach of improving socially significant behavior. Systematic application of procedures based on principles of behavior is utilized to make meaningful changes in behaviors that serve to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families. Procedures and application are research-based, technologically consistent, and conceptually systematic.


Applied Behavior Analysis seeks to identify behavior as a functional relation with environmental events. Basic elements of science are used to identify such functional relations and demonstrate control while adhering to a central focus of improving behavior and skills in a way that is meaningful and sustainable.




Target behaviors are identified, clearly defined and then objectively measured. Goals for improving behaviors are then developed by the clinicians in collaboration with parents/families/caregivers/educators. Treatment plans are developed for each individual’s specific combination of skills targeted for increase and behaviors targeted for reduction, and then carefully carried out according to clearly guided recommendations.


Frequent observation and measurement of the targeted skills and behaviors keep clinicians in close contact with changes, and allows modification of recommendations at any time the behavior or progress indicates appropriate. Such close monitoring of changes ensures recommendations are consistently guided towards the overarching goal of improving quality of life, access to the larger environment, and increasing independence.

The Science of Applied Behavior Analysis


While holding true to the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, CVAP aims to change behaviors across a wide range of individual needs. The primary principle of Applied Behavior Analysis is positive reinforcement which is systematically delivered contingent upon a specific and pre-determined response. Positive reinforcement, delivered correctly, functions to increase the probability that the behavior will occur again in the future. This principle is the foundational element and the cornerstone of our treatment.


Positive reinforcement is systematically paired with numerous other research-based principles of behavior and behavior change tactics. CVAP’s exceptional clinicians harbor years of experience and ensure an adherence to the science that drives our application while remaining sensitive to the distinctive characteristics that makes each one of the individuals we serve their own unique and individual person.


Parent training is an integral component of our intervention. While working to make progress on goals, clinicians work in close collaboration with parents, caregivers, and educators to train on the principles and delivery while also teaching skills intended to improve generalization and long-term maintenance of skills acquired.


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