Reduction in challenging behavior, such as:
- Aggressive behavior
- Self-injurious behavior
- Stereotypy (for instance, self-stimulatory behavior, scripting, vocal repetitions)
- PICA (the ingestion of non-nutritive substances)
- Off-task behavior
Acquisition of adaptive skills, such as:
- Pre-academic and academic skills through discrete trial instruction/teaching and/or incidental instruction
- Daily living skills
- Toilet training
- Sleep training
- Social skills
- Coping skills
Reduction in Anxiety
- In individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism, signs of anxiety are often associated with unpredictable situations and decreased ability to communicate to obtain information about these situations. Behavioral interventions can be effective in teaching functional communication skills simultaneously with coping skills to mitigate anxiety.
- In individuals without developmental disabilities, anxiety often arises from experiential avoidance, or a tendency to avoid situations that produce unpleasant feelings. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based intervention that aims to increase one’s psychological flexibility through the use of behavioral and mindfulness strategies. Inherent in these strategies is working to identify reoccuring triggers or sources of anxiety, and then reducing the negative impact of these triggers on one’s thoughts and emotions.
- Comprehensive Functional Behavior Assessments(FBAs) are the behavioral standard for identifying what environmental variables tend to trigger challenging behavior, as well as those that are responsible for maintaining this behavior. The information obtained from an FBA is used to develop a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to target the reduction of challenging behavior while increasing appropriate alternative behaviors.
- Additional behavioral assessments available on request.
Parent / Family Training and Counseling
- Parent /family training is an individualized service that often involves Behavioral Skills Training (BST) to ensure that strategies and behavioral methods are delivered parents and family members to effectively work with children who are struggling.
- Counseling is available to parents and other family members to work through some of the stressors that exist when caring for and living with a child with behavioral difficulties.
Professional Training, Workshops, and Presentations
- Hands-on and didactic learning opportunities in the areas of Behavior Analysis and Positive Behaviorial Interventions and Supports are available for the professional development of your staff.
- Please contact Dr. Pesca about available supervision opportunities.
Online Continuing Education and Workshops
- Coming Soon!