A Guide to Prevention and Intervention

Assess the child’s preferences, dislikes, strengths, deficits, and motivations prior to developing a behavioral intervention.

Use a data-based problem-solving approach to behavior management which incorporates observation, analysis, and on-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the intervention.

Teach the child a functional way of communicating how to get attention, how to obtain a desired object or sensory experience, and how to avoid or escape a situation.

Incorporate visual cues to represent the order of activities/events, clarify expectations, and focus the child’s attention.

Structured teaching approaches, positive routines, and environmental adaptations are very helpful in preventing behavior problems.

Make a concerted effort to catch the child being good and provide potent rewards for good behavior.