ABA & Problem Behavior in Children
Applied behavior analysis can be a very effective way to help children of all ages experiencing a wide variety of problem behaviors. Its established and field-tested methods allow for assessments that develop a clear understanding of why behaviors occur and what the environment triggers and reinforcements are that support those behaviors.
Using the science and study of behavior and behavior change, a behavior analyst creates a plan for therapy that addresses problem behaviors. Therapy that is relevant to the environment and designed with the individual in mind leads to meaningful and measurable improvement in the lives of both the child and his/her family.
ABA principles can positively impact any behavior by providing everyday support for small hurdles and intensive therapy for frequent, chronic problem behaviors. ABA can reduce problem behaviors such as, but not limited to:
- Self-regulation issues
- Communication issues
- Running away
- Hurting others by throwing objects, biting, or kicking
- Other severe behavior that disrupts everyday activity
The duration and intensity of therapy required depends on individual factors. Data accumulated during assessments and the goals you and your behavior analyst set help inform the structure and duration of the behavior plans.