Behavior Consulting

Behavior Consulting

What is Behavior Consulting?

Behaviorists are trained to find the functions of behaviors and facilitate, with caregivers, ways to decrease negative target behaviors and increase skills of the child through reinforcement patterns.  Behaviorists study behaviors that are readily observed and measured. Caregiver interviews, ABC data, observations, and surveys help to determine which behaviors a therapist will target.  It also assists with determining the function of the behavior targeted in a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). The Behavior Support Plan (BSP) is then created to provide proactive strategies to reduce target behaviors, teach new skills, and promote appropriate reactive strategies. Data is collected to determine if the provided strategies are effective and whether or not skills are progressing. Parent consultation allows the family and behaviorist to discuss concerns or successes, changes with routine or environment, and other important information as needed. 

Examples of behaviors that behaviorists help to decrease are:

  • Tantrums
  • Self-Stimulatory Behavior (Stimming)
  • Property Destruction
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Vocal Aggression
  • Physical Aggression

Some examples of skills that behaviorist often increase are:

  • Coping Skills
  • Following Directions
  • Asking for Help
  • Appropriate Requesting for Access to Items
  • Appropriate Requesting for Delays or Removal of Tasks
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Social Skills
  • Play Skills