Behavior Services in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
A significant number of individuals who have suffered brain injuries have problematic behaviors following their acute rehabilitation. These behaviors may include increased anger, aggression, agitation, inappropriate sexual behaviors, drug use, or self-injury. To address these types of behaviors, Behavior Services begin by blocking the harmful actions and determining the goal of the behavior. Certified Behavior Analysts (CBA) will study the actions that precede the behavior, the actual behavior itself, and the consequences of the behavior. The individual’s behaviors can then be modified by adjusting the environmental factors that generally precede the action, teaching the individual alternate methods to respond to the factors, and providing desired results for the appropriate alternative responses. This may require multiple repetitions and extended time to ensure that the individual has adopted the new actions and uses the appropriate acceptable responses consistently.