At Laurie Singer Behavioral Services, we specialize in behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. These evidence-based (meaning well-researched and proven effective) disciplines help us to help individuals identify unproductive behaviors and the thoughts and feelings that contribute to them, and to provide them with practical tools that help them change all three – and create positive change in their lives.
After a caring and thorough assessment in the individual’s natural environment, we create an individualized behavior plan that uses positive intervention strategies and rewards for achieving success. We also help individuals develop practical life skills (details below) in a cost- and time-efficient manner, with an average total service length of six months.
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Parents and/or care providers are taught positive reinforcement skills. We believe that this approach can be generalized within the home, school and community. These skills can be applied to teaching children new behaviors and/or how to increase appropriate behaviors. We can help teach alternative behaviors to replace the undesired behaviors. Our goal is to empower individuals with their parenting skills so that they feel confident in the boundaries they set with their children.
An individual program is developed for each person. The program is designed to enable the individual to identify the triggers to his/her anger related outbursts, and teach them the coping skills they need to handle themselves appropriately and effectively. Data is collected in the home environment, as well as any other environment in which the behaviors are displayed.
An individual program is designed based on the specific needs of the person. We utilize pictorial schedules, daily and/or weekly charts, and weekly planners. We will assist the individual in a step-by-step fashion, mastering one aspect of self-management then moving on to the next. We work with parents, staff and/or other care providers based the principles of positive reinforcement.
This behavior is based on the individual being non-cooperative or non-compliant with following directives and/or instructions within the home, community, school, work and/or day program. The individual is said to be non-compliant if they follow through with 70% or fewer of the directives given. We use the basic principles of behavioral modification using a positive reinforcement procedure. We gather data and write an individualized program for each person.
Typically the function of tantrum behavior is attention-seeking, escape or sensory related. Data is gathered on this behavior, identifying the antecedents and consequences. Once the information is collected, an individualized behavioral plan is written. We teach techniques to those supporting the individual with tantrum behaviors, along with a positive reinforcement plan for appropriate behaviors. The individual with the tantrum behavior is taught a better form of communication to release frustration.
Our specific toileting program consists of two phases. The initial phase is very intensive, but lasts only six hours for two consecutive days. The second phase will be carried out until the individual can learn the toileting skills. In some cases the goal is habit training, this entails learning to hold his/her bladder or bowel movements and only eliminating on the toilet. This does not include self-initiating (going to the toilet independently for all eliminations). In most cases self-initiation will occur over time.
Sexual Boundaries and Behavior Management
Self-Injurious Behavior Management
Depending on the severity of the behavior, intervention may need to be implemented immediately. Examples of SIB (Self-Injurious Behaviors) are: skin-picking, head-banging, self-biting or any other behavior inflicted on oneself. It is important to collect data on the antecedents and consequences of this behavior. We take a proactive approach by finding the triggers to SIB and teaching the individual an appropriate replacement behavior based on the principles of behavioral modification.
These skills often include learning how to complete hygiene-related tasks. Each task is broken down into steps that the individual learns in a step-by-step fashion. The steps are taught by visual aids, written instructions, and/or social stories. Self-care skills often include: showering independently, brushing teeth, hair brushing and other personal skills.
The individuals that we serve for this behavior typically involve persons who range anywhere from 5 to 30 years old. We first recommend that the individual rules out any medical problems that may be exhibiting from bedwetting by seeing a physician before seeking our help. A history of the problem behavior is taken and the parent and/or care provider gathers data on this behavior. Once data is collected a treatment plan specific for this individual is written.
As safety needs. An extensive intake is performed to discover what skills need to be addressed, followed by direct observation and data collection. A behavioral treatment plan is written to work on the identified behaviors. If safety issues involve parking lots, shopping malls and/or somewhere out in the community, we will go to that specific site to address those concerns. We teach parents, care givers and/or staff to implement the treatment plans.
Data is collected to identify the triggers to anxious behaviors. Does the individual experience a rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms and any other physical symptoms? Is the individual avoiding specific situations due to the anxiety level they are experiencing? Once the triggers to the behavior are identified, a treatment plan will be written. Role playing will be used and relaxation techniques will be taught.
Treatment for this behavior is similar to the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Data is collected to identify the triggers to the phobia which is being exhibited in the individual. Data is collected by direct observation. The individual is asked to gather data on themselves, if possible, as well as other persons in their life. Once the data is collected, a treatment plan will be implemented for the individual. The person will learn calming techniques and/or other tools to help them overcome the phobia with which they are having difficulty.