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When an individual is engaging in challenging behaviour that’s potentially harmful to themselves or others, it’s very difficult for all of those involved. Challenging behaviour puts children at higher risk for social problems or school failure, making it important to decrease or to eliminate behaviours that interfere with an individual’s opportunity to learn and to replace the problem behaviour with more appropriate behaviours for the individual, such as a communication skill.
In order to be successful in decreasing challenging behaviour, we need to use methods that have been shown to be effective. Using techniques and procedures that have been carefully analyzed, that are scientifically based and are empirically validated is crucial. The techniques and procedures used in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) have been proven to be effective and are based on over 70 years of research.