Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapists apply the principles of behavior analysis to treat individuals who have difficulties with socially significant behaviors. These may include communication & language, social skills, reading, writing, personal self-care and academic skills.
ABA therapists often work with children, but treat teenagers and adults with developmental or learning disorders as well. ABA therapists are mostly known for their work with those with autism as in Dr Loovas's teaching days, there were results of those receiving 30-40 hours a week of intensive ABA having a 47% chance of becoming indistinguishable from their peers. Since then, ABA has become evidenced as the most effective intervention for those with autism.
So, ABA therapists one on one with children, teens and therapists in their home and across all learning enviornments, from nursery, school or college, through to the beach and the supermarket. ABA is an effective intervention for anybody with language or behavioural struggles and, as behaviour covers everything we do internally (thoughts) and externally (what others can see), it is pretty much the most effective intervention for most people. So as an ABA therapist, you can work across lots of populations and have a very fulfilling and varied career.
ABA therapists implement programmes that their consultant designs for them. They take data and video of their work and their consultant will review this to ensure the patient is making the best progress possible.