Behavior analysts do not treat diagnoses, they target behavioral deficits and excesses. Problem behaviors are treated based upon their function and are systematically reduced while more adaptive replacement behaviors are promoted. However, behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment for patients with a wide range of cognitive, behavioral and developmental disorders.
The clinicians at Scottsdale PBS can assess and treat the following behaviors:
- Physical and Verbal Aggression
- Property Destruction
- Disruptive Behaviors
- Self-Injurious Behavior
- Inappropriate Touching
- Ritualistic/OCD Behaviors
- Adaptive Skills
- Language Skills
- Play Skills
- Potty Training/Toileting
- Sleeping/Bedtime Routines
- Picky/Restrictive Eating
- Motor/Vocal Stereotypy
- Self-Care Skills
- Academic Skills
- Kindergarten Readiness
It depends on the environment, behaviors, and resources available to support the child and consistently implement the prescribed interventions. Many children who present with somewhat typical problem behaviors exhibit measurable improvements within a few sessions. Children with significant problem behaviors or impairments will require more support and skill acquisition training to show consistent improvements. However, the goal will always be to implement treatment that results in consistent and measurable improvement in the child’s social, emotional, and adaptive functioning.
We treat patients between the ages of 2 and 100 and will customize the assessment, treatment, and consultation process to fit the needs of the patient and family. The doctors have significant training and experience with a wide range of ages, behaviors, and clinical populations.
We provide services at any location in which the skills are needed or problem behaviors occur. In addition, our team will provide services at any reasonable time necessary for effective treatment. This includes early mornings and late nights.
I have heard of ABA before, but I thought it was only used for children with autism. Can behavioral therapy really help my child?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the scientific process of analyzing and systematically altering environmental contingencies to increase skills and decrease problem behaviors. It is much more comprehensive than just a treatment technique or intervention, and is often discussed or presented in a misleading way in the popular media. Behavior analytic principles have been utilized to assess and treat almost every imaginable human behavior deficit and excess. The science of ABA utilizes the most effective and evidence-based methods to change behaviors in a safe, efficient, and developmentally appropriate manner.
My child had behavioral services before and I didn’t like it because it seemed punitive and monotonous. Is there a way to receive behavioral treatment without making my child into a robot?
Great behavioral treatment should primarily focus on teaching, shaping, and generalizing effective skills in the environments the child will interact with most. The therapy should be generally engaging and fast-paced and utilize the child’s natural interests. It should also target skills that will be reinforced in the natural environment. When children have adequate skills that help them to effectively meet and communicate their wants and needs, they are more likely to exhibit them on a consistent basis and are less likely to rely upon maladaptive behaviors. Great behavioral treatment should be fun and enjoyable while simultaneously increasing adaptive and functional skills and decreasing problem behaviors.