ABC chart – An ABC chart, or Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence chart is an observational tool to help determine the function of a behavior. The observer tracks and charts what occurs before the behavior, the behavior that occurs, and what happens after the behavior occurs. Once a function is determined an intervention can be identified.
Reinforcement of Alternative Behaviors – A reinforcer is provided when another more appropriate behavior is used by the child. An example may be appropriate use of a communication device versus aggressive behaviors.
Structured Choice – A structured choice option is an intervention that gives a child a sense of control over a situation by providing choices. Structured choice interventions are used to prevent or de-escalate interfering behaviors and to increase appropriate behaviors
Visual Supports – Visual supports are tools that support a child’s understanding of events throughout their day and to assist in decreasing anxiety. Visual supports may include pictures, words, objects, arrangement of the environment, visual cues within the environment, schedules, timelines, and scripts.
I am a child care aide for an after school program and work with children ages 4 to 6. I currently have a 4 year old in my group who is showing extreme signs of violence. She is fine one minute, but when is set off, sometimes simply by not being allowed to be line leader, starts in a violent fit of rage. She hits, kicks, bites, smacks, pulls hair and clothes and screams. Usually all of this is directed towards myself or another teacher, but also towards other children. She has left bruises and marks on people during this. Her mother says she feels we are provoking her and it is our fault.