Understanding How Behavior Plans Are Written By Your BCBA
As the blueprint for effective ABA therapy, developing a concise and relevant behavior plan is crucial for the success of your child. Since behavior plans directly influence the quality of care, we want to help you understand what motivates your child’s learning, and what that means for their behavior planning. To prepare for behavior planning success, our experts keep these fundamentals in mind and are passionate about making a lasting difference in the lives of children and their families!
Plan With Functional Behavior Assessments in Mind
Before behavior plan development, a thorough understanding of your child’s functional needs is vital. To accomplish this, your team will complete a Functional Behavior Assessment. Through this process of documentation review, interview, observation, and data collection, our clinical experts will determine why your child’s behaviors may be occurring. With your input, we will develop a treatment plan that offers specific interventions to drive improvement.
If you find yourself stuck at any point, our team is here to help you find the right plan for your child. While this process may be new to you, we can answer your questions and even help you understand “why are they behaving this way”, and then explain, “how can we help this child progress”.
Child Information to Support Their Behavior Plan
Every behavior plan includes pertinent details about your child, which helps us to ensure treatment accuracy and continuity of care. Within the behavior plan, we include:
- Demographic & Identifying Information: Name, date of birth, diagnosis, allergies, and other basic patient information.
- Background History: This overview can include information from a record review and/or information received from caretakers and parents during an interview. Also included are details about your child’s circumstances, preferences, behaviors, and notable events if they relate to the plan.
- Behaviors Being Addressed: Specific behaviors with an associated operational definition (define behavior in Layman’s terms). For example, if your child becomes upset and insults others when asked to share a toy, you could write, “Inappropriate Social Behavior: Sarah demonstrates frustration and directs negative statements towards others when asked to share.”
- Functional Behavior Assessment Analysis: Understanding why the above behaviors are occurring. This includes the FBA conducted, and explicit details about topics like “what may be triggering the behavior” and “how certain interventions or individuals have affected this behavior”.
Relevant Behavior Interventions
After we have a clearly outlined history of the Child’s behaviors and why these behaviors are occurring, it’s time to work on some meaningful interventions! From our toolbox of ABA therapy strategies, we consider which lesson ideas, learning tools, or alternative environments like autism home support services in NJ will promote lasting growth. We base intervention planning around what has worked for similar diagnoses and consider creative strategies that apply to your child’s needs.
After defining a relevant plan, the final step in a quality behavior plan is data collection. Each plan must be regularly monitored for success, and it’s will outline how we will track your client’s progress. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments as your client progresses through ABA therapy.