What’s the Function: Sensory

Last but not least, we're learning about automatically-maintained behavior as a function, after learning about attention, escape, and tangible functions. 


All About Behavior Contracts + a Freebie!

Behavior contacts are a common ABA strategy used to change behavior. Whether you have behaviors to decrease or increase, behavior contracts can be an excellent intervention for your learners of a wide range of ages and abilities. I've used them in classrooms, day programs, residential facilities, family homes, and with individuals who live on their own in the community. One of the great things about behavior contracts is the ability to tailor it to your individual and the context in which the strategy will be used.

What’s the Function: Tangible

We've covered an overview of the importance of determining functions of behavior and have looked closely at attention-maintained and escape-maintained behavior. Today, we're diving into the world of tangible as a function of behavior.


What’s the Function: Escape

We've learned about the importance of determining the function of a learner's behavior, and we learned more about what attention-maintained behavior is. Today, we're looking at escape as a function of behavior.


What’s the Function: Attention

So now that we know a bit about why we need to care about function, and what the different functions of behavior are, let's dive right into the specific common functions of behavior. Starting with attention.

This is a common function that gets thrown around more than any others, at least in my practice. Whenever I start to explore the functions of behavior, and ask a caregiver or provider why they think the person is engaging in a specific behavior, many times the answer I get is "to get a reaction out of me" or "to irritate me" or "because he/she knows it bothers me." These responses all point to a function of attention, although we know we need more assessing to determine if this is, in fact, the function of the behavior. 

Behavior: What’s the Function?

This month, we’ll be talking about the functions of behaviors that we often categorize to develop treatment goals and decrease problem behaviors. Determining what the function of behavior, or the why of the behavior is so important to really target treatment. Without knowing the reason a behavior is occurring, we can't effectively (or efficiently) change it.

So how do we categorize behaviors? What do we need to know to determine the function? Let's take a look at some ways to help formulate your treatment goals based on functions of behavior.

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