Assessing Behaviors Regarded As Problematic for People With by John Clements

By John Clements

Individuals with developmental disabilities occasionally behave in ways in which others, or they themselves, regard as troublesome. This unique booklet is ready what practitioners can do to make experience of these behaviors in order that members should be extra successfully supported. the writer deals functional suggestions for collecting and interpreting information regarding behaviors, in partnership with the person involved, in an effort to achieve an invaluable knowing of why a specific habit happens. The inclusion of case histories, with corresponding habit plans, essentially demonstrates the real-life program of evaluation tools. With its powerful emphasis at the value of creating equitable, respectful relationships among execs and other people with studying disabilities, it is a booklet that pros all for the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities will locate helpful.

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The behaviors that give rise to concern are clearly powerful in a very naked way. They are a bid for control and a threat. Of all the issues that arise in working for people with developmental disabilities, behavioral issues stimulate a power-based response. Now the subtext rises to the surface, the gloves are off. Those who should be humble and thankful for our kindness have stepped out of line. They have failed to show proper respect for their betters. They need to be taught a lesson. Frequently they are.

Rather, when we are seeking to build 46 Assessing Behaviors Regarded as Problematic… an understanding of behavior we will need to gather information on all these areas and from that information extract the factors that appear to be contributing to the behavior of concern (see Chapter 5 for a more detailed discussion about this process of extraction). The framework will be presented around the time frame over which factors operate: • Immediate – for example, antecedents and consequences. • Short term – for example, environmental conditions, social conditions, activities, mood state, physical state.

It is based upon the assumption that we are more likely to find out why a behavior occurs if we have a systematic way of analyzing potential contributors than if we hope that the answer will somehow make itself evident to us as we take a haphazard walk through the available information or rely on our gut feelings and intuitions. If we accept the usefulness of having a structured framework the question then moves on to how such information should be gathered. We need information that has a degree of solidity (reliability and validity, as some would say).

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