Challenging Behavior

Challenging behavior inhibits an individual from engaging in a meaningful life. ABA can be used to help effect meaningful change in a variety of challenging behaviors including (but not limited to): self-injurious behavior, aggression, property destruction, noncompliance, or stereotypy.

  • Any individuals: We see children and adults with a variety of diagnoses: ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, etc. Some of our clients don’t have or need a label, but still need help with their challenging behavior.
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA): In an FBA we gather data in order to create a hypothesis about why an individual is engaging in challenging behavior. This assessment may include a review of records, interview with important people in the individual’s environment, and observation of the challenging behavior.
  • Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP): The individual’s BIP includes goals for decreasing challenging behavior, increasing replacement (behavior that serves the same purpose as the challenging behavior), and promoting adaptive behavior (the socially expected behavior). The BIP also includes antecedent strategies (to avoid challenging behavior), consequence strategies (to make the challenging behavior less functional), and teaching strategies (to teach replacement and adaptive behavior).
  • Progress monitoring: Data is a necessary component to a successful FBA and BIP. Often, parents or other people in the individual’s environment will be asked to collect data on the behavior they observed. Only from this data can we know what progress is being made and what changes may be necessary in the plan.
  • Family involvement. Behavior change doesn’t happen in weekly sessions with a therapist alone. Behavior change does not happen alone. Behavior therapy involves changing an individual’s environment, so he can change his behavior. Families will be responsible for implementing strategies in order for a BIP to work. We will always work with your family to ensure that the BIP is a good fit for you!

Intervention Level

  • The amount of sessions and time needed is individualized to the age of the child and the level of need. The behaviorist can train parent(s) to do additional sessions at home. The behaviorist can also train your child’s teacher, aide, pre-school teacher or any other educator. It is recommended that your child is in an inclusive program as soon as possible and that all staff is appropriately trained. Your child’s generalization of learned skills will be accomplished much faster with a more intensive, consistent intervention.
  • Inspire Behavior uses ABA in every intervention and will see clients for 1 to 2 hrs per week for individual behavior change appointments when parents wish to focus on a few behaviors – not an entire program. Come in and let’s discuss what it would take to master these changes! There is no minimum hours requirement for this.