What are Behavior Management Services?
Behavior Management is defined as the support of individuals, across the lifespan, that are experiencing behavioral, social, or emotional challenges while accessing and actively participating in community life, in all environments. Behavior management is intended to help individuals achieve independence, self-determination, integration, and inclusion while focusing on social skills, communication, daily living skills, and job competence. This service is designed to empower individuals as well as their families by utilizing their strengths and abilities to reach their personal goals. Behavior Management Services can be training, supervision, and assistance in appropriate expression of emotions and desires, compliance, assertiveness, acquisition of socially appropriate behaviors, and the reduction of inappropriate behaviors. (DDRS Waiver Manual 2016)
Behavior Consultants can support individuals to improve the use of coping skills during periods of anxiety or transition; or they may support someone to develop desired social skills. Behavior Consultants may support individuals to develop effective advocacy skills, to learn necessary tasks such as following a toileting schedule, chore chart, completion of self-care tasks, moving from a desired activity to undesired activity, etc. Behavior Consultants may also provide support for an individual to express their emotions, desires, needs, or wants effectively and respectfully.
What does a Behavior Consultant do for me?
A Behavior Consultant (BC) is an integral part of your waiver team and will provide direct and indirect service to the consumer, family, and staff. As a part of the individual support team, Supportive Behavior Services’ Behavior Consultants provide in home and in-community services to waiver consumers.They will meet with you as frequently as the team has agreed is necessary but will generally be weekly. BCs will also consult with all team members as necessary throughout each month. The Behavior Consultant will complete a functional behavior assessment to determine target behaviors and then develop a positive behavior support plan for all caregivers to follow to assist with those selected target behaviors.
The Behavior Consultant provides training to the individual, family, staff, and other caregivers so that they will be able to use the Behavior Support Plan. Ongoing training is also provided as needed throughout each month to the consumer and their support team. The Behavior Consultant observes the individual in any environment where the individual is needing support. Behavior Consultants can also observe and provide consultation in school and day service settings.The Behavior Consultant will gather data and information provided by all caregivers to complete summaries each quarter to show the progress of the individual based on their Behavior Support Plan. Plans may need to be updated throughout the year to better serve the individual.