Last Tuesday you read about ABC data. We use ABC data to help us figure out why the behavior is occurring (the function).
There are 4 main Functions of behavior:
- Sensory Automatic – Provides some sort of sensory experience. Occurs without the involvement of another person.
- Escape/Avoidance – To scape or avoid a non-preferred task
- Attention – To obtain attention from others
- Tangible – To obtain a preferred item, object or activity.
Once we have a hypothesis of what the function of the behavior is, we can come up with a plan for treatment.