A common goal of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is decreasing maladaptive, or socially inappropriate, behaviors (i.e. aggression, self-injury, elopement). The first step in decreasing the occurrence of a behavior is to identify the function, or “why” that behavior is occurring. Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) are experts in analyzing environmental contexts where problematic behaviors occur in order to understand why they are happening, and then develop a plan to both prevent and reduce the occurrence of those inappropriate behaviors through the use of evidence-based practices.
At JoyBridge Kids, our masters and doctorate-level BCBA’s complete Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s) and/or Functional Analyses (FA’s) to determine the function of behavior, and then develop a Behavior Support Plan (BSP) that includes antecedent-based interventions (how to prevent or decrease likelihood of the behavior occurring), response-based strategies (how to respond when the maladaptive behavior occurs), and replacement behaviors (new, appropriate behavior to teach in place of the maladaptive behavior). Our BCBA’s model, train, and coach JBK staff and family members on each child’s Behavior Support Plan in order to effectively decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase socially-appropriate behaviors.