A number of studies have demonstrated that ABA therapy can produce improvements in communication, social and activity engagement, self-care, ambulation, as well as decrease challenging behaviors like wandering, disruptive vocalizations, and aggression. In fact, one of the largest nationally-funded research programs to train caregivers how to manage challenging behaviors was derived, with no alterations, for behavior analysis.
When caregivers know how to modify daily routines and problem solve during difficult situations, they feel more in control, less depressed, and less burdened by the taxing symptoms of dementia.
The positive effects of ABA therapy have been demonstrated with persons in mild, moderate, and severe stages of dementia. Studies have shown the usefulness of ABA therapy in homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, veteran homes, and adult day centers. ABA therapy helps all caregivers — family members, hired sitters, staff in facilities, and professional team members.
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