Problem Behavior Reduction
Tantrums, Screaming, Verbal Refusal? We can help you tackle challenging behavioral concerns using ABA.
When your child is having a meltdown or engaging in any other inappropriate behaviors, they are likely trying to communicate something to you. Due to delays in communication, children with Autism often find it difficult to convey what they feel, want, or need. In behavior analysis, we believe that every behavior serves a function - a purpose so to speak. Children and people in general behave in certain ways to fulfill one or more of these purposes: to obtain a desired item or activity, escape/avoid undesirable events, obtain attention, or obtain internal stimulation. We call these the "4 Functions of Behavior" and our goal as behavior analysts is to analyze the environmental contexts under which these behaviors occur so that we can determine the function. We do this through extensive observation and functional behavior assessments where we take a look at variables like the setting, time, persons involved as well as what happened before and after the behavior. By analyzing these environmental variables, we are better able to determine the function of a specific behavior and then develop a behavior support plan to teach a more functional and socially appropriate behavior that is able to result in the same desired results.We use ABA principles and teaching strategies to decrease problem behaviors and help children learn effective replacements behaviors and new skills.