Designing and Implementing Interventions to Decrease Challenging Behavior Communication interventionists often encounter children whose ability to learn new skills and interact with others is jeopardized by challenging behaviors. Challenging behaviors may take many forms (e.g., hitting, screaming, self-injury) as well as serve a variety of purposes or functions (e.g., obtaining access to or escaping from objects, activities, or ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1993
Designing and Implementing Interventions to Decrease Challenging Behavior
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan S. Johnston
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Joe Reichle
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Article Information
Clinical Forum: Language and Social Skills
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1993
Designing and Implementing Interventions to Decrease Challenging Behavior
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1993, Vol. 24, 225-235. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2404.225
History: Received February 1, 1993 , Accepted April 20, 1993
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1993, Vol. 24, 225-235. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2404.225
History: Received February 1, 1993; Accepted April 20, 1993

Communication interventionists often encounter children whose ability to learn new skills and interact with others is jeopardized by challenging behaviors. Challenging behaviors may take many forms (e.g., hitting, screaming, self-injury) as well as serve a variety of purposes or functions (e.g., obtaining access to or escaping from objects, activities, or attention). The purpose of this article is to (a) discuss assessment strategies that interventionists may find helpful when attempting to accurately pinpoint the function of challenging behavior, (b) present an array of proactive interventions that can be used to decrease escape-motivated challenging behavior, and (c) present various proactive interventions that can be used to decrease access-motivated challenging behavior. Additionally, factors that may influence the selection of one intervention strategy over an alternative intervention strategy are discussed.

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