New York’s Dependable Behavior Analyst
Offering Evidence-Based Interventions Since 2014
Your Source for Reliable Developmental Disability Treatments
We Respect That You Are Investing in Your Child and Entrusting Us in Their Care
First and foremost, you are investing in the treatment and well-being of your child or loved one and thereby entrusting Behavior Understood: Applied Behavior Analysis Services, P.C. to directly work with your child, a fact taken very seriously.
Our primary goal is to ensure the safety, respect, privacy, and dignity of all our clients and their families. Moreover, you are entrusting this practice to ensure efforts that your child develop the skills necessary to have the most successful, enriching, and independent future, possible.
Lastly, you are entrusting us to teach socially valid and evidence-based interventions to develop compensatory life skills that last throughout your child's development.
The Goal of ABA Is To Identify “Why” (Function) a Behavior Occurs and To Determine its Function As Well as To Develop Effective Behavioral Strategies.
Challenging behavior may occur for one or more of the following reasons:
For example, a child may cry or pout to gain attention from a parent or teacher, etc. That same child may also break a pencil, tear up a worksheet to escape or, at the very least, delay the onset of the work demand (worksheet). Another example involves a child who may grab another child’s toy because they want to play with it (tangible). Tangible functions include preferred objects as well as activities.
Lastly, sensory functions may evoke challenging behavior because engaging in the behavior (i.e. hand flapping, rocking, etc.) feels good, looks good, smells good, or tastes good.
Behavior analysts systematically assess behavior, determine why the behavior occurs, test the hypothesis (if appropriate), develop behavioral interventions to replace the unwanted behavior with appropriate alternative behavior, as well as develop a reliable measurement system to monitor the effectiveness of such interventions.
In addition, the behavior analyst trains others on the implementation and data collection of such strategies. The most effective training includes the client themselves and those who interact with the child or adult the most (family, teachers, aides, etc.). Once progress has been made, steps to maintain the new repertoire of behavior and fade-out reinforcement and supervision levels are made to more closely resemble the natural environment.
At any given time, progress and techniques are open to your observation and therapy can be stopped at any time.
Collaboration and Communication Is Essential
Every step of the process, intake, analysis of behavior (to determine why (function) the challenging behavior is occurring), the development of treatment strategies and intervention, the implementation and training of the people implementing the behavioral strategies, and the maintenance and follow-up, all involve collaboration with the parent and all pertinent members of the client’s treatment team, especially the client.