Did you know that behaviors have certain functions and factors that reinforce them? Do you know that any behavior can be modified or eliminated? The purpose of the Functional Behavior Assessment is to identify the behavior in question along with its specific function, and the factors that reinforce it. The data we gather from the assessment is important because it helps us understand how to select and develop a proper, tailored treatment. The FBA process is rather simple; it involves a clear-cut description of the target behavior, the collection of observable data, and the creation of an effective intervention plan meant to either modify the behavior or eliminate it permanently.
Our social environments shape our behaviors tremendously. We cannot fully understand behaviors or even attempt to modify them without understanding how they are affected by the environment. Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific approach we use to identify the specific environmental variables that influence socially significant behavior.It is essentially characterized by scientifically proven laws that govern the creation, change, and elimination of target behaviors. We mainly use ABA to develop a functional approach to institute behavior change systematically.
Parents and caregivers have to be trained to ensure a treatment program is successful. We’ve continuously noted that children with autism often succeed when their parents or caregivers participate in the treatment process, and that’s why we consider it a paramount component.What should parents and caregivers expect during training? They should expect to learn how to effectively identify all the four behavior functions, the specific environmental variables that encourage the manifestation of certain behaviors, and what they need to do to change those specific variables to encourage behavior change.It is important for parents and caregivers to take part in their kids’ therapy sessions to observe and be in touch with the skills being taught, receive personalized coaching as well as feedback.