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What are Behavior Intervention Services?
Behavior Intervention services utilize principles derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Behavior therapy is designed to help improve a person’s overall quality of life. After assessment, a behavior specialist creates both a behavior intervention and treatment plan to address and prevent inappropriate behaviors as well as establish positive reinforcement strategies and goals to increase appropriate skills.
TES provides behavioral intervention services in the school, home or community settings. The program is overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and services include one-to-one support and clinical supervision provided by Master’s level case supervisors. Direct behavior support is provided by well-trained behavior specialists who work within treatment plans and IEP goals to reduce/eliminate problematic behaviors while teaching functional skills such as communication, social and “learning-to-learn” skills. Students are presented with multiple opportunities to practice the skills. Teaching strategies include functional communication training, imitation training, prompting, shaping, chaining and differential reinforcement. Emphasis is placed on encouraging functional communication, and increasing student’s flexibility and independence.
Most often, behavior interventions are based on Functional Behavior Assessments, the cornerstone of ABA, a well-established method for discovering the function of problem behaviors. This information enables the design of interventions that target adaptive replacement behaviors that serve the same function.
What makes a Behaviorist?
A behavior interventionist works with a range of students with a variety of eligibilities. These specialists are responsible for implementing the student’s schedule and curriculum as designed by the educational team. A BA in a ABA or a related field is preferred, but 2-3 years of experience is accepted.
What are the Benefits of Behavior Support?
As a part of a comprehensive individualized plan, students can benefit across all levels of academics and socialization in a school setting. Students, peers and their teachers learn to work together to maximize learning opportunities. Some students benefit from having a behavior interventionist with them throughout the school day to fully access the curriculum and to stay on task. Other students may benefit from having a BCBA work directly with staff to make modifications and accommodations to the curriculum and environment. Each student has unique needs, and our team of behavior support personnel is trained to make the most of each child’s strengths.
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How do we make therapy fun?
We make therapy fun and engaging by including student’s preferred activities with those newly learned, or non-preferred activities.
How do we work as a team?
Our team of experts is part of the larger IEP or 504 team. We work collaboratively with the team to maximize the student’s success.
How do we include the family?
As a part of the IEP or 504 team, family members help guide the goals and objectives that are written into the plans. It is important to keep communication open and frequent to help the students meet their goals.
Behavior Intervention FAQs
What is Behavior Therapy?
Behavior therapy is designed to help improve the overall quality of life of the person receiving services and those around them.
How do you explain Behavior Intervention to a child?
Your behavior support team is there to help you be more successful in your school day. You may see them everyday or just specific days.
What is an example of Behavior Therapy?
A student hits or kicks when other students approach them on the playground to play. A behaviorist can look for causes to this behavior and work with the student to find more effective ways to successfully play with the other students.
What conditions do Behaviorists treat?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive OCD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Anxiety and other behaviors that an individual wants to modify.
How many times a week do kids need Behavior Therapy?
This answer is specific to the needs of the student. This can vary from consultative services to all hours of the school day, depending on the needs of the students and the team decision through an IEP or 504 plan.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA?
Applied behavior analysis provides an empirical basis for not only understanding human behavior but also improving it. (Applied Behavior Analysis, Cooper, Heron and Heward, 2nd Edition 2007).
ABA is the design, implementation, and systematic evaluation of environmental modifications for the purpose of producing improvements and understanding of human behavior, based on a set of principles about ethical and humane practice.