using applied behavior analysis (ABA)
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of science driven by research and evidence-based practices using the principles of behavior, in order to change behavior that is socially significant to the individual. ABA is most widely known in society for its application to individuals with Autism and other special needs, however is highly relevant for enhancing sports performance as well.
Research using ABA to enhance sports performance began in the sixties and has been utilized in almost every sports area, and even within the collegiate level and for professional athletes.
In the past decade, research using ABA to improve sports performances has skyrocketed. Dr. Mallory Quinn is a pivotal researcher and published author in the area of using ABA within the context of dance training, and has published multiple studies on using different antecedent and feedback modalities with dancers, using ABA motivational strategies including positive coaching without the use of aversive training, as well as methods for training adaptive dance such as for dancers in wheelchairs.
ABASI Dance Lab’s specialized ABA private lessons are available for both competition dancers to enhance their technique in specified movement areas, as well as for students with special needs to receive ABA therapy within the context of a private dance or yoga session. In addition, Dr. Mallory Quinn is certified in providing ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training) Therapy which is beneficial for children ages 6 and up to tackle issues such as anxiety, perfectionism, social skills training, etc.