Behavior therapy includes services and supports that focus on changing undesirable behaviors and replacing them with healthier types of behavior. Behavior therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to, Autism, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The aim of behavior therapy is to teach techniques that should bring about long term change for independence in learning and appropriate behavior as it relates to school performance. This may include specific interventions such as Applied Behavior Analysis.
These services can include such techniques as positive reinforcement, modeling, social skills training and relaxation skills. The special education faculty may also use exposure and response prevention to work towards controlling the student's actions. The range of services varies widely depending on a student's individualized needs. The type and frequency of service are decided at the Team meeting.
Monitoring and consultation to parents and general education teachers is provided regarding the interventions. Data may be collected in a variety of settings to track the success of the service.
Coordination of behavioral services
Development of modifications and accommodations
Co-planning with the general education teachers
Participation in collaborative team meetings
The special education faculty are involved in the transition process between receiving and sending teachers.