Behavior Supports

In addition to our other offerings, we provide customized behavior supports to assist not only the people we support, but their staff and families as well.

Quality behavior supports are an integral part of Bethesda’s mission to enhance the quality of life for the people we support. That is why Bethesda offers behavior support programs from highly-trained behavior analysts who help people with developmental disabilities to achieve their best lives.

We currently offer in-house behavior supports in Illinois and Colorado. We ultimately aim to expand our behavior supports service line to all thirteen states where we operate. In the meantime, Bethesda will continue to make behavior supports accessible by partnering with industry-leading practitioners.

Our mission is to ensure that every person who needs behavior supports has access to these life-changing programs.

Individualized Support Leads to Improved Quality of Life

Behavior Analysis focuses on evidence-based strategies that help lead to improved quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

  • The behavior analysts work with individuals, their families and support network to help the person enhance communication skills, develop and improve their life skills and achieve competencies to more independently achieve their hopes and dreams.
  • The behavior analysts assist direct care staff persons to recognize an individual’s strengths and reinforce responses that lead to greater satisfaction. This leads to a positive enriched environment for the staff persons and for the people we support.
  • Behavior analysts help assess and visually display progress so that everyone supporting the individual has information about how well their efforts are helping to improve the life of each person we support.
  • Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are direct care level providers with specialized training from the board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and a national certification who assist the BCBA in providing intensive and focused supports to individuals. The RBT is able to directly implement reinforcement and structured teaching strategies to individuals who benefit from enhanced supports.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline based on years of research on human learning and behavior. Board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) apply reinforcement and learning principles to improve the lives of the persons we support. The goal is to develop a positive behavior support plan to improve communication skills, independent living skills and social skills through structured teaching strategies and positive reinforcement.

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