I'm pleased to welcome back Tameika Meadows, BCBA, from www.iloveaba.com to share her second installment in this series: What BCBAs Wish Every Parent Knew! If you missed the first one, check it out here!
Next up in the series, let’s talk about Behavior Plans. If you just felt a surge of anxiety, confusion, or general unease, then definitely keep reading!
Your BCBA may use the term Behavior Intervention Plan, Behavior Reduction Plan, etc., but no matter which term is used many parents find Behavior Plans to be very intimidating and confusing.
Just so we are all on the same page, here are 3 quick points to remember about WHY BCBA’s create Behavior Plans:
See, aren’t those Behavior Plans already becoming less intimidating? No? Okay, then keep reading…
Both before you receive the Behavior Plan, and once it is in place, you might feel overwhelmed and anxious about the process…. because behavior management is absolutely a process. Just because the BCBA puts a Behavior Plan in place, that doesn’t mean it won’t change.
The main concerns I hear from parents before, or after, the Behavior Plan is completed are summarized below:
The BCBA you are working with should be able to simply explain the Behavior Plan process (both before and after) so you can understand what to expect, how to make changes in the environment, and also so you can learn the basics of behavior change.
So why do you still feel anxiety? Behavior change is stressful! It is hard work to dig deep into an established behavior pattern that your child may have been engaging in for years.
Give yourself a break, and allow a brief time of panic (notice I said brief ). Then roll up your sleeves, and lean heavily on your BCBA to help you change your own behavior in order to change your child’s behavior.
Until next time,
Tameika Meadows, M.Ed., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has worked with young children on the Autism spectrum for over 12 years. Ms. Meadows currently serves families, organizations, and schools both locally and internationally as a BCBA Consultant.
Ms. Meadows is the owner of the blog & resource website www.Iloveaba.com, and the author of three introductory level ABA books: “101 Ways to do ABA”, “From A to Z: Teaching Skills to Children with Autism”, & “A Manual: Creating an Autism Intervention Program”.
Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA