Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com with ABA therapist Jessica to discuss a simple method for analyzing a child’s behaviors that don’t seem to make sense.
A very common theme this year has been people calling in to talk about a kid that they’re struggling with in therapy that is usually having some behaviors (like running away) that are making it hard for us to work with him or her. It’s helpful to track some basic notes every time the behavior occurs noting what happened BEFORE the eloping occurred and also noting what happened AFTER the behavior. This is called ABC data tracking in ABA and is one way that can help you view the patterns objectively and determine what the potential function of a behavior may be. It is also helpful to mention that behaviors can and do sometimes have more than one function. For example, a child may be eloping for BOTH sensory and attention seeking reasons.
Listen to the show for explanations for the A, B, and C components.
Here’s a form Jessica was nice enough to create for us that lists some of the common antecedents and consequences. There may be others that aren’t found here, but it’s a great place to start! Thanks Jessica!!