medical Definition of applied behavior analysis
- Called applied behavior analysis, it uses rewards—goldfish crackers, playing with toys, praise—to teach children all kinds of behaviors, lessons and life skills, step by tiny step, in intensive, one-on-one drills.
- —Rosie Mestel, The Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2001
- The vast majority of programs for autistic youth in the U.S. use an approach called Applied Behavior Analysis, in which teachers and therapists use well-established techniques of reward and punishment to shape a student's actions toward goals like toilet training, learning vocabulary or completing a puzzle.
- —Melissa Fay Greene, The New York Times, 19 Oct. 2008