One important piece to the puzzle is to make socializing productive for your learner. Being socially competent will increase a learner's success at obtaining their goals. Overall, we believe that the most productive way to change an individual's behavior is through naturally motivating and reinforcing items and through parent, staff, or caregiver training. It is vital we make sure rules are clear and consistent, boundaries are established and maintained, and limitations are presented within the overall environment of increasing rewards and positive social contact with the peers and adults. Setting priorities is a necessary focus. It is important to start addressing the most important concerns firPst before moving on to lesser concerns.
Our behavior specialists are not counselor's, but specialists who devise a treatment plan and goals and teach them and support providers how to accomplish those goals. Putting a focus on a goal that is a month away will only set the learner up for failure and self-defeat. We need to focus on what their mission is for each day and how to accomplish the necessary and preliminary steps.
PPIC will assist the client to identify the rules underlying their unproductive and life-interfering behaviors. However, the client must be ready for behavioral change. Identifying the rules that guide behavior often leads to an automatic change in behavior. Once the rules are identified, they are analyzed and shaped with the goal of establishing rules that will consistently lead to productive, functional outcomes.