Challenging Behavior

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Searches can be conducted by typing the name of the problem or by the intervention used to treat the problem.  In many cases the problem may be described differently in research articles. As a result we have tried to add a SEE ALSO:  section under the terms where this problem has been identified.

Definition: This category contains an extensive list of behavior considered problematic,  inappropriate and/or potentially harmful or stigmatizing  if not effectively treated.  Where feasible we have included recommendations in the form of guidelines to be followed when addressing the problem. These guidelines come in two forms “General” and “Specific“.

The purpose of the two forms is

1) General Practice Guidelines: To establish basic  expectations for practitioners using these interventions regardless of where they were trained or currently work.

2) Specific Interventions Procedures: To provide models of interventions that have been shown to be effective for the problem,  so that the cumulative experience of our field can be used to benefit all practitioners.


General Practice Guidelines:

1) Rule out a medical etiology prior to beginning interventions.

2) A  behavior analyst should always attempt to determine the function of the behavior so that they re able to do the following

a)  modify the antecedent environmental so that the individuals has access to the reinforcer maintaining the problem behavior at a

rate sufficient to ensure that they are unlike to engage in problem behavior to request the reinforcing consequence.

b)  Directly teach an alternative adaptive behavior(s) that will provide the individual can access to the same reinforcer they are

accessing by engaging in the problem behavior

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