Maladaptive behavior can take many forms including physical aggression, verbal aggression or disrespect, stereotypical behaviors (sometimes referred to as self stimulatory behaviors), compulsive behaviors or passive behaviors like zoning out at important times for work or learning. Regardless of their manifestation, challenging behaviors can effect an individual’s ability to learn, work, socialize and fully participate as members of their community. They can also place considerable strain on a family. We work closely with families, schools, employers, rehabilitation centers and residential living programs to reduce or eliminate interfering or inappropriate behaviors while concurrently teaching new positive, pro-social behaviors.
Functional Assessments are critical to the development of effective intervention plans. They include:
- Descriptions of disruptive/interfering behaviors
- Antecedents that appear to trigger behaviors and consequences of those behaviors
- Baseline data: Quantitative measurement of the behavior.
- Functional Analysis of behaviors: the factors that are contributing to disruptive behaviors
- Identification of the child’s abilities and skill deficits related to the target behavior
Following a functional assessment a detailed behavior support and intervention plan should be developed that includes:
- Objective identification of problem behavior, functionally equivalent replacement behaviors and desired behaviors.
- Detailed proactive plan identifying:
Antecedent supports, accommodations and modifications
Specific skills targeted for development
Individualized reinforcement system
- Detailed reactive plan identifying how to support individual when they begin to engage in the problem behavior and throughout escalation and de-escalation cycle.
- Student Safety / Crisis Plan (if applicable)