Family Behavior Management Program

What Is the Family Behavior Management Program?

A major focus of the Family Behavior Management Program in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is to provide specialized services to children who display behaviors that interfere with their participation in home, school and community activities.

Family Behavior Management Program in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders department at MMI

The Family Behavior Management Program works closely with the stakeholders in a child’s life to determine the cause(s) of problem behavior and use findings to design individually tailored treatments for each child’s problem behavior. During treatment, a primary focus is to work with caregivers to identify socially appropriate replacement behaviors, such as functional communication and appropriate use of coping skills, and to develop a reinforcement structure that will increase the likelihood of these prosocial behaviors.

What types of services are offered?  

The Family Behavior Management Program offers outpatient services including evaluation, parent training, behavioral management, and caregiver consultation. Services occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, for 8-10 weeks. Appointments are one hour in duration.

Who does the family behavior management program serve?  

The program provides services to school-aged children (ages 3–21) who display a variety of behavior problems, such as noncompliance, elopement, toileting and sleep concerns, aggression, self-injury, pica or disruptive behaviors that interfere with a child’s participation in home, school and community activities.

What treatment approach is used?  

During therapy sessions, techniques are used to identify environmental variables that may be contributing to the behavior problem. Caregivers, with assistance from behavioral technicians, conduct sessions to directly test the effects of specific environmental precursors and consequences on the behavior. A specialized therapeutic environment is used to allow safe evaluation of dangerous behavior. Padded treatment rooms with one-way windows for observation are used to allow safe evaluation of behavior.

Data are collected in order to guide assessment and development of treatment. Treatment is refined until goals are achieved. Psychologists with specialty training oversee all therapy sessions.