What is Behavior Management Therapy?
Behavior Management Therapy enhances an individual’s quality of life with proactive intervention strategies. Challenging behavior can interfere with a child attaining access to naturally occurring personal and social reinforcement that maintains positive behavior. Behavior Management Therapy teaches the child and family how to manage challenging behaviors by replacing them with functional behaviors that will lead to positive consequences in the natural environment.
Who is Involved in Behavior Management Therapy?
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) develop a behavior plan that fits the needs of the child for success in his or her daily living environment. The BCBA/ BCaBA works directly with the child as well as those individuals frequently present in the settings that the behavior will often occur. The child may work with the therapist in the Center individually; however, the final product of the therapy involves generalizing the skills learned to natural settings and across to others beyond the therapist such as family, teachers, and other caregivers. This final product is imperative to the maintenance of the behavior changes gained with individual therapy.
How does it Work?
The BCBA/BCaBA will meet with the parents and/or teacher of the child to complete a Functional Assessment Interview. The interview will target behaviors and gather pertinent information including significant behavior changes that the caregivers would like to achieve from Behavior Management Therapy. A direct observation of the child will follow in which baseline data is collected. The BCBA/BCaBA will determine whether the observation will take place with the therapist in the Center or the therapist will go on site to the home or school. A detailed report inclusive of a behavior plan, interventions for caregivers, and program recommendations concludes the findings of the intake process. The BCBA/BCaBA will meet with the parents and/or teacher to review the report and how behavior changes will be achieved. Together, a course of action is determined for the implementation of the treatment plan, frequency and length of sessions, and the individuals involved in the behavior training.
What are the goals?
The treatment plan for the child is customized to the child’s developmental level and expectations from his or her daily living activities to maximize social significance of the goals. Independence is a top priority as we would like our children to perform by picking up cues from their surroundings. Increased awareness, self regulation, flexibility and social skills are learned. Once the child has mastered skills, a plan for maintenance is developed so that the child continues to use the skills across settings and with different individuals.