Challenging behaviours are a part of every parenting experience, but sensory, communication and receptive issues can present a unique set of circumstances for the parents of an autistic child. We offer empirically measured behaviour programs designed to increase desired behaviors and decrease undesired behaviours.
All of our behaviour programs are based on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support, which is an approach based on developing an understanding of why and where a child is likely to engage in problem behaviours. When we understand why a child engages in challenging behaviours, we can develop effective strategies for preventing or minimizing the occurrrence of challenging behaviours as well as teach appropriate, alternative behaviours and skills.
Positive Behaviour Support plans include a number of interventions that can be implemented across situations and settings. These interventions include: 1) Proactive strategies for changing the environment so triggering events are removed 2) Teaching new skills that replace problem behaviours 3) Eliminating or minimizing natural reinforcement for problem behaviour 4) Maximizing clear reinforcement for appropriate behaviour.
The cornerstone of Positive Behaviour Support is the use of Functional Behaviour Assessments (FBA) to identify the environments and events that reliably predict and maintain the occurrence of problem behaviours.
Primary outcomes of a functional assessment process includes: 1) A clear description of the challenging behaviours 2) Events, settings and situations that predict when a behaviour may or may not occur 3) Consequences that maintain challenging behaviours
Proactive programming: Proactive programming is a treatment approach that teaches what to do through the reinforcement of desired behaviours. Proactive programming also teaches appropriate alternative behaviours. Proactive programming is a positive behavioural support based on the strategy of providing lots of opportunities for desired behaviours and then rewarding the occurrence of the targeted desired behaviours.