Comprehensive Behavioral Assessments

Comprehensive Behavioral Assessments

Behavior analysis is a natural science that seeks to understand the behavior of individuals. 

That is, experts in the field study how biological, pharmacological, and experiential factors influence the behavior of humans and nonhuman animals. Recognizing that behavior is something that individuals do, behavior analysts place special emphasis on studying factors that influence the behavior of individuals, an emphasis that works well when the goal is to acquire adaptive behavior or ameliorate problem behavior. The science of behavior analysis has made discoveries that have proven useful in addressing socially important behavior such as drug taking, healthy eating, workplace safety, education, and the treatment of pervasive developmental disabilities (e.g., autism).

IHM comprehensive assessment of behaviors includes helping to identify the concerning behaviors, identifying the varied variables that influence and evoke them, and outlining a number of interventions – proactive and reactive, for addressing them. In describing behaviors, we hope to distinguish the description of behaviors from the emotions and feelings in response to the behaviors.  In identifying different variables that influence and evoke behaviors, we expect to provide information of the Personal Characteristics and Internally Motivated variables that influence behaviors, and of the Externally (socially) Motivated variables that evoke behaviors. Aligned with this latter category of variables, the four common social functions of behaviors will be reviewed. Finally, an outline of various interventions to address behaviors will distinguish proactive and reactive strategies.

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