Appropriate behaviors

What Is Differential Reinforcement?

Differential reinforcement is an intervention whereby behavior X receives consequence X and behavior Y receives consequence Y. Often, behavior x is the target behavior (the behavior we want to decrease) and behavior y is the appropriate behavior (the behavior we want to increase).  The behaviors we want to decrease or increase…

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How Much Does He Wander? [Assessment PDF]

When I first meet a caregiver, one of the first questions I ask is “How much?” How long does she yell – for 30 minutes straight? Off and on all day? How often does she throw things – Once a day? Once a week? How much does he wander –…

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Why Data Collection Is Important

Collecting information on the target behavior (what we want to change) is an essential part of the assessment and intervention process. Measuring behavior is important, because it allows therapists to: determine if behavioral services are essential. identify which challenging behavior should be targeted first. identify which environmental events influence target…

ABC Model

What Is The ABC Model?

Behavior analysts believe that behaviors are shaped by our environment. The likelihood that a behavior will increase or decrease depends on the events that happen right before or right after a target behavior. We observe what occurs in a person’s environment — antecedents, behaviors, and consequences — to identify environmental…

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What Are Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Behavior analysts believe that all behaviors serve a purpose — even challenging behaviors (e.g., yelling, wandering, aggression). Just like appropriate behaviors (e.g., asking for an activity) can get us things we want and can get us out of things we do not want (e.g., asking to leave an aversive situation),…

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How Much Time Is Needed For ABA Therapy?

Everyone’s behavior changes at a different rate. However, the more often ABA therapy is used by family or staff members outside of scheduled visits, the quicker behavior will change. The ABA therapist will only visit once or twice a week. Intensive programs may involve up to five or ten hours…

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What Does Staff Training In ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. We teach caregivers how to respond to challenging behaviors and how to modify tasks to encourage appropriate behaviors in individuals with dementia, but all…

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What Does In-Home ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. Therapy is customized to an individual’s needs, skills, and preferences, as well as to the family’s situation and goals of care. Therefore, a therapy…

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Who Provides ABA Therapy?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are the best providers of ABA therapy. Just like medical issues are assessed and treated by qualified medical professionals, behavioral issues should be assessed and intervened upon by a qualified behavior specialist. Always check the credentials of those who claim to be ABA therapists. Choose…

Change to expect

What Kind Of Change Can Be Expected With ABA Therapy In Dementia Care?

Behavior changes at different rates for each individual. Some families may see changes in a week, some in a month, some after 3-6 months. Also, some behaviors may change quicker than others. Progress varies depending on the person, their environment, and how much time the caregiver spends on the intervention…

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