What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied Behavior Analysis is a form of science that helps us understand behavior. This form of therapy is often times used for people who have autism. Applied Behavior Analysis' focus is to help us see how behavior works and how the learning process takes place. This type of therapy helps improve communication skills as well as tries to reduce unwanted behaviors. To do this, positive reinforcement is one method that has seemed to be pretty effective to increase behaviors that the therapist wants their client to keep doing. When the client associates the behavior that is good with getting a reward, they tend to want to do this behavior more because they know that there is a reward to follow. Another tactic that Applied Behavior Analysts use is the ABC method. The ABC method stands for antecedent, behavior, and consequence. The antecedent is the event that occurs before the behavior that the analyst is looking at. The behavior is what happens due to the antecedent. The consequence is what happens in response to the behavior.
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