As BCBAs, part of our job is to target challenging behavior. Here, we discuss how to do so in a compassionate way so that our learners feel safe. Sometimes, our learners just need our empathy and support after a rough day. As behavior analysts, we have to shift our focus from a follow-through perspective to how to best support those we work with. The best solutions to challenging behaviors often come from providing a safe, welcoming environment.
Understanding Challenging Behavior
Having a trauma-informed approach is key, and pushing through sometimes makes challenging behavior worse. Creating the foundation of a solid relationship should come before we place any real demands on our learners. Our conversation includes how to reframe our perspective to a more compassionate approach, how to build trusting relationships, and how to make environments more enriching and fun.
Challenging Behavior Resources
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- How to create a safe environment for our learners.
- How to make the learning environment more enriching and fun.
- How to reframe our perspective for a more compassionate approach.