A component of ABA is identifying the purpose of behaviors and understanding the goal of that behavior. If parents are interested to learn how to better help children with autism with difficult behaviors, ABA can potentially be of great help. One of our key objectives is to analyze the environmental contexts where problematic behaviors occur in order to understand why they are happening. We then work to build a plan to move towards reducing those problematic behaviors.
We conduct extensive functional behavior assessments where we observe variables such as the environment and people involved as well as what happened before and after the behavior. By then evaluating and analyzing these variables, we can better understand the function of a specific behavior. We then develop a behavior intervention plan to teach a more socially appropriate behavior that can result in improved outcomes while eliminating the problem behavior.