What Is A Behavior Analyst?
Behavior analysis is a unique method of treatment based on the idea that most important human behavior is learned over time and that it is maintained by consequences within the environment. As a behavior analyst, one must seek to identify problematic behavior and develop a positive replacement. With the input of teachers, family and aides, the Behavior Analyst will help you discover what is maintaining a specified behavior, discover more appropriate replacement behaviors, and set up a plan to teach them. Behavior Analysts also develop a plan to help you acquire a new behavior or improve a skill level. At times, Behavior Analysts treat the client directly and other times may be training significant others (i.e. teachers, family members, etc.).
Behavior analysts (BAs) do not make judgments about behavior. They seek to understand behavior as an adaptive response (or way of coping) and suggest ways of adjusting and modifying behaviors to reduce pain and suffering and to increase personal happiness and quality of life.
CAN A BEHAVIOR ANALYST HELP WITH BEHAVIOR CHALLENGES IN THE CLASSROOM?
Yes. ABA is a model that has been backed by research and is shown to be effective in shaping behaviors with children in a classroom setting.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures services to children with disabilities. As part of IDEA 1997 and the updated amendments put in place in 2004, educators are required to provide Behavior Support Services to children in need. “Under 34 CFR §300.324(a)(2)(i), the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports must be considered in the case of a child whose behavior impedes his or her learning or that of others”. Details may be found by going to the US Department of Education website or by clicking the following link: Idea.ED.gov
These Federal mandates require educators and school officials provide children and families with access to assessments and plans, to address problem behavior.
Educators work extremely hard to ensure they are up to date with the latest information in the field. However, it is almost impossible to receive the appropriate training and services what it is often not from someone educated in Applied Behavior Analysis.
DO YOU OFFER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS IN SCHOOLS FOR EDUCATORS AND FAMILIES?
Absolutely. In an effort to provide educators and their families with quality supports, Elite Behavior Analysis offers workshops and in-service training for the following topics:
■ Strengthening Your School’s Learning Environment (Climate)
■ Conducting Behavior Assessments
■ Implementing Behavior Support Plans that work
■ Replacement behavior strategies for teachers and parents
■ Classroom behavior management strategies
■ Identifying student behavior “function” and what that means
■ Reinforcement schedules for the classroom
■ “Punishment-free” results, a behavior change model
■ And much more…
Elite Behavior Analysis also employs skilled Behavior Analysts that provided behavior analyst services for children and their families. Behavior Analyst services is available by appointment.
WHAT BEHAVIORS CAN A BEHAVIOR ANALYST HELP CHANGE?
■ Behaviors related to Autism
■ Behaviors related to ADD or ADHD
■ Verbal aggression
■ Physical aggression
■ Off task behavior
■ Behaviors related to developmental disability
■ And more…
For comprehensive Behavior Analysis and Support Services, or for training events to build your school and classroom climate, contact Elite.