April 2, 2019
Sometimes we inadvertently reinforce challenging behaviors but knowing the ABCs can help prevent inadvertent reinforcement. By recognizing the ABCs of behavior, you may be able to help prevent and better de-escalate challenging behaviors with your child.
A) Antecedent– This is what happens just before the behavior to provoke it.
B) Behavior-This is what you can see your child doing.
C) Consequence-This is how you react the behavior. The consequence will determine whether or not that behavior will reoccur.
When thinking about how to intervene your child’s behavior, it is important to look at why the behavior is occurring, also known as identifying thefunction. This is much more important than what the behavior looks like. By recognizing which function the challenging behavior serves, you can begin to understand how to intervene. The four main functions of behavior are:
Tips provided by Lumiere therapist, Jacqueline M., M.A., BCBA, (Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst)
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