In-Home Applied Behavior Analysis

In-home applied behavior analysis services have been the backbone of our service provision since 1997. Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), and trained Behavior Assistants work together with the family to increase the individual’s living skills and decrease behaviors that prevent them from living life to their fullest. Scroll down to see why BCBAs and BCaBAs are qualified to do what they do.

Behavior programs are written with the caregivers in mind, and try to take into account the caregiver’s ability to consistently implement programming.

Tools for Positive Behavior Change are taught in order that the family can eventually assume a larger role in their consumer’s behavioral needs, greatly reducing the need for outside help.

 

ABA Services:

Services are typically done in the environments in which the individual needs additional skills or exhibits behaviors that prevent their independence or inclusion in meaningful activities.

To this end, services may be done in the individual’s home, in day care, in school, in Adult Day Training programs, at work, and in community environments such as entertainment venues, organized sports, and retail establishments.

Whose Behavior Changes?:

When ABA is done correctly, everyone’s behavior changes.

Every person’s behavior is influenced by their environment. The environment can be a person’s physical location, but when examining behavior, the environment includes all of the other people who interact, or who are in the area of, the person whose behavior we are concerned with.

If you or I want a drink we can usually go get it ourselves, ask another person to get it for us, or go out and buy it. We control when and how we get our drink.

If a person who has communication difficulties wants a drink, and they can’t go get it themselves, they have to find a way to get it. They may need to get someone’s attention (a parent, teacher, or sibling). Then they need to indicate it is a drink they want, not food, not a toy. Then they need to indicate what kind of drink (have you ever really wanted orange juice and been given milk instead?)

This is why so many encounters with a toddler can end with the child on the floor, screaming and kicking while the parent helplessly points to various items saying “do you want this?”. Two-year-olds frequently lack the ability to fully express what they want.

Eventually, a small child’s ability to effectively communicate improves because it more efficient for them to learn to express themselves in greater detail in order to gain access to what they want, when they want it. This helps eliminate getting milk, when orange juice was the desired beverage. Of course, if the preferred item is not available, the tantrum may still occur, but this is another skill; accepting “no”.

Sometimes the developmental process goes wrong, or the individual has a disability or condition that makes detailed requests very challenging. In these cases, a less-preferred method of getting items they want may develop. This could be a continuation of the caregiver pointing out items and the person screaming, it could involve larger, more destructive tantrums as the child grows older, it can involve aggression against the caregiver, and even property destruction.

Because of communication difficulties, it may still be more efficient to wreak havoc and risk injury to get the item, than to try to communicate what they want using pictures, signs, or gestures. The caregiver, perhaps fearing injury to the individual or themselves, or the potential destruction of belongings, gives the individual the item, perpetuating the unmanageable method of communication.

We can help. Even if this has been happening for years. Even if the two-year-old is now a teenager. However, YOU will need to change your behavior as well. It may not happen overnight, although, if consistent, you may see a significant change after a few days or weeks. Change CAN happen. YOU can make the change happen.

 

More information from the Parents Page:

Many think ABA is only for children with disabilities. Not true. ABA “works” with everyone. No matter who has the behavior challenges, our certified behavior analysts will work with you to help create calm in chaos, to increase harmony while decreasing animosity, and to give you skills to maintain your new standpoint.

“What if I feel like I didn’t have the best parenting role models? Am I programmed to raise my children the way I was raised?” Absolutely not! You may struggle at first, but if you are persistent you will see results in a very short time, and your relationship with your family will be far more positive. “Stay Close” and “Giving Reinforcement” may seem awkward, and even phony at first, but soon they will be like second nature.

What if I am divorced and my ex-spouse won’t do this?” For most children this can be more stressful, but the children soon adapt. Keep in mind, our assistance creates a cooperative relationship with your child. You are not the “mean parent”, just the consistent one. They learn quickly that if they are responsible, you will be fair and allow privileges. They learn good judgment. Although children may try the guilt game, they will know you are the “go to” parent when they need someone who will be reliable and reasonable, even in crisis. “Setting Expectations” may be a tool you will use often.

“Tools for Positive Behavior Change” are entry-level applied behavior analysis skills. They are proactive skills that work. We have used the “Tools” for many years for staff training, parent training, and to simplify individual behavior programs. The Tools are objectively defined and criterion-based, meaning there is a skill checklist used to determine competency in each tool. This makes it easier for parents to identify specific skills on which they may to practice. Unlike other curricula with a “scattergun” approach, “Tools for Positive Behavior Change” build upon one another, each Tool becoming a firm foundation for the next Tool.

“Tools for Positive Behavior Change” were developed by a group of forward-thinking individuals who saw a tremendous need and filled it. Read their brief story here. The benefits of the Tools are many, you have everything to win and nothing to lose!

“These ‘Tools’ were designed for parents who may have hurt their children, do you think I would do that, do you?”

It is true the “tools” were formally put together for troubled parents, but the class is about how to improve your parenting skills. You may be an excellent parent, but maybe you are uncertain when deciding what reasonable privileges are for your child, or you have trouble following through with some things.

You may have been a terrific parent of your young children, confident and sure. But now they are teenagers and you feel as though you are living with strange people you never met before. In a way, you are. They are test driving adulthood and you are the test track. Learning how to let go while teaching them responsibility is tricky. “Setting Expectations” and “Contracting” will become your hardest-working tools, along with your first tool, “Stay Close.”

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB)

ABA can be used to change the behavior of your children, your parents, your neighbors, your teachers, your pets, and even your spouse. The concepts are not that difficult to learn, however, the ability to use them correctly, in the correct context, can be very challenging and requires an array of significant skills.

When using these procedures with people, these skills are imperative, which is why the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (www.bacb.com) was created. The BACB oversees the certification process for all Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) to ensure these practitioners have met all requirements and competencies to work with people to change behavior. The requirements can be seen on our About Us page, or by clicking the BACB logo at the bottom of this page.