Behavior, Academic, and Task Assessments - Assessments Generally the assessments performed by Behavior Issues are  Functional Analysis, Narrative Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC), preference assessments, or the Adaptive Behavior Scale II, which is an assesment that compares children with retardation to other children with retardation their age.  It scores age equivalence and capabilities in many different areas, such as defiance, life skills, domestic skills, and social skills, amongst other areas.  The raw scores can be utilized as before and after levels based on the success of a program, school, or clinic to increase these areas for an individual. 

Consultations and Observations-A consultation generally consists of meeting with parents, teachers, clinicians, administration, direct care staff, or any one else who is involved with the individual.  If possible the individual is also encouraged to participate.  The first process is to accurately identify and establish the target behaviors, or behaviors of concern. The target behavior is the specific behavior that is occurring and that is desired to be either increased or decreased. 

Lectures, Presentations, and In-services- These services provide up to four hours of information and discussion on the principles of applied behavior analysis.  The discussions usually include basic and understandable definitions of commonly used behavior terminology.  Clear and consice examples are given to demonstrate the concepts of behavior principles.  Functions of behavior and behavior strategies and methods are explained to assist in comprehension of why some behaviors may occur and possible solutions to those behaviors.  Data recording, assessments, and measurement systems are also emphasized.

Not only are these services about terminology and behavior principles, but there is a heavy emphasis focused on motivation, passion, consistentcy, and enthusiasm when working with individuals with special needs.  These services are open; meaning that they allow for questions, concerns, and group feedback.  

These services can focus on specific or broad topic areas.  The amount of participants that these services are targeted for varies.  For example some lectures may only contain 3 participants, while other lectures may have 100 participants.

Workshops and Trainings- Workshops and trainings are more specific related for implementing procedures for working with individuals with special needs.  These services may involve data recording and analysis.  They may involve specific steps and processes for domestic skill, such as toilet training.  They may involve discreet trial training. 

Another aspect could include learning how to work with inappropriate behaviors while reinforcing and increasing appropriate behaviors.  Assessments and functional analysis may also be demonstrated.

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