K-Shield Behavior is a process for collecting information to help determine why undesirable behaviors occur and to serve as a basis for the development of a Behavior Intervention Plan of Action (BIPA).
K-Shield Behavior aims to define behavior in specific observable and measurable terms, determine what aspects of the environment or situation contribute towards the behavior and identify the consequences which maintain the behavior.
K-Shield Behavior screening was developed to support children’s educational journey by assessing behavior function in four areas: Sensory Search, Tangible, Access to Attention, and Access to Escape.
The process uses the Motivational Assessment Scale II* to assess these areas and allow AC&A Board-Certified Behavior Analysts to recommend and develop behavioral interventions to strengthen areas that have been identified as areas of concern.
* The Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS; Durand & Crimmins, 1988, 1992; Haim, 2002) is a rating scale designed to help identify the motivation behind a target problem behavior in individuals through informant responses.
An Intervention Plan of Action to keep Behavior on track
K-Shield Behavior provides a formal Behavior Intervention Plan of Action (BIPA) that teaches and rewards good behavior. It is developed according to the profile of each child, after screening and analyzing 4 primary functions of children’s behavior:
Access to Tangibles is the function any time a behavior is reinforced by an individual engaging in behavior to gain access to something physical, an item or activity. Example: a child trying to gain access to an iPad or hitting a sibling in order to get them to give up a toy.
A K-Shield Behavior to target the function of behavior known as tangibles can provide an effective behavior intervention plan that effectively minimizes negative behaviors, ensures a healthy natural environment that optimizes learning and improves educational and family interactions.
When implemented with fidelity, this evidence-based intervention can significantly decrease such behaviors.
Sensory-seeking behavior is a term used to describe many responses that occur to meet a sensory need. Individuals engage in sensory seeking behaviors to obtain feedback from the environment.
K-Shield Behavior can reduce sensory cravings that are negatively affecting academic success or stability in the home. Sensory seeking behaviors can be highly interested in movement, lights, colors, sounds, smells, and tastes that are needed to be regulated within a variety of settings. When implemented with fidelity, this evidence-based intervention can decrease such behaviors.
With K-Shield Behavior, AC&A’s Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and/or Occupational Therapists can provide an effective plan to reduce sensory seeking behaviors.
This occurs when the individual engages in a behavior to end or avoid something they do not like. The individual will behave in a way to get away from doing an undesirable activity or from interacting with another person.
K-Shield Behavior can decrease escape behaviors that primarily function to stop a demand or task in progress. Sometimes the response works to prevent something from happening in the first place. Over time, the behavior is maintained or persists because it was effective at escaping or avoiding the unpleasant thing in the environment. An example may be when a child runs away from an adult when it is time to go to school.
Through evidence-based and customized interventions, K-Shield Behavior can reduce such behaviors.
Attention Seeking behavior is any behavior an individual engages in a positive or negative, that results in another individual (child or adult) providing some form of social acknowledgment to the person.
A K-Shield Behavior addressing attention seeking behavior can focus on when the individual engaging in the behavior is seeking attention from another person. A child may engage in tantrum behavior because they are seeking attention for that behavior from another individual.
K-Shield Behavior can develop and deliver an effective intervention plan to decrease attention seeking behaviors.