The role of our behavior specialist is to walk into a setting, observe the environment, the activities, and the person in question; to gather data about what seems to set off or calm difficult behaviors; to plan and work with a team of therapists to implement changes and/or interventions; and to troubleshoot until the interventions are successful. Interventions may range from behavior charts with stickers and motivational prizes to changes in an environment that is creating sensory overload or undue frustrations.
Ideally, by involving a behavior specialist, a parent or teacher can develop a postive set of tools to manage behaviors, improve outcomes, and generally make life easier for everyone. In the best of circumstances, it may be relatively simple to change a situation for the better. Changes in lighting, the addition of a visual schedule, extra warning time before transitions and similar small tweaks can vastly improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum.
ABA/Behavior methods are used to:
- increase positive behaviors (eg reinforcement procedures increase on-task behavior, or social interactions);
- teach new skills (eg, systematic instruction and reinforcement procedures teach functional life skills, communication skills, or social skills);
- maintain behaviors (eg, teaching self control and self-monitoring procedures to maintain and generalize job-related social skills);
- generalize or to transfer behavior from one situation or response to another (eg, from completing assignments in the resource room to performing as well in the mainstream classroom);
- restrict or narrow conditions under which interfering behaviors occur (eg, modifying the learning environment); and
- reduce interfering behaviors (eg, self injury or stereotypy).
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