Behavior Support - Integrate Institute
Positive Behavior Support involves the process to understand the challenging behavior of individuals and resolve those problems. It is an approach that involves getting inside the mind of a person to understand all factors that trigger their behavior. After that, we have to build new strategies to prevent the occurrence of such behaviors in the future. The behavior support addresses all kinds of problematic behavior like aggression, tantrums, self-harm, anti-social behaviors, property destruction, etc.
The origin of Positive behavioral therapy dates back to the early ’80s when the primary purpose of the process was to understand the behavioral changes and cultural shifts as well as learning about dehumanizing and aversive practices on vulnerable populations. Then in the late 1980s comes a non-aversive technology that successfully addressed the challenging behavior of individuals with severe disabilities. The approach was called positive behavioral support or PBS.
Through times, PBS has evolved into a broad approach, which involves supporting a person to achieve one’s lifestyle goal by reducing the challenging behavior of the person.
Factors that trigger challenging behaviors in a person ranged from physical pain to psychological turmoil to biological changes as well. When in pain most people try to comfort them by inflicting more pain on them. Hormonal changes during puberty also invoke aggressive behavior in a person. Depression, anxiety, frustration, or even overexcitement can also be a factor that forces people to display behavior like hand biting. Sometimes, people facing boredom may start picking their skin. It has also been seen that some people try to smell their feces to replenish their sensory requirements. Some people try to behave oddly just to get attention.
Identifying challenging behavior’s symptoms at an early stage is crucial. Self-harming is quite common among people displaying such behavioral disorders and it is important to provide them Behavior Support (Positive Mood) immediately. Some self-harming behavior includes head banging, hair pulling, head-slapping, face slapping, skin picking, pinching and skin picking. In some extreme cases, patients often shake their head forcefully. People with autism are often witnessed with self-injurious behavior. Adults who used to have such symptoms in their children may again display such behavior in extreme stress or illness. Sometimes patients also show aggressiveness such as hurting others, pulling hair, screaming, slapping, biting, etc.
People with challenging behavior also display signs of destructiveness like throwing things, ripping objects, and destroying furniture, etc. When things get intense, they tend to eat non-edible items like stones, metal, pen lids, pencil lead, dirt, etc. Some changes in physical behavior and speech are also seen, such as repeating an action or speech, streaking or changing clothes in public.
Recognizing the positive behaviors of patients is an effective method to prevent challenging behaviors. It can be done through hugging, kissing and even through using kind & positive words. If it’s a child, then parents must all dangerous objects away. Always ask patients what they want before deciding on their behalf, since it can trigger their behavior. Also, try avoiding putting children in adult situations. Other treatment includes relaxation training, virtual reality exposure, behavioral rehearsal, exposure and response prevention techniques and nutritional supplements for Behavior Support (Positive Mood).
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