Family Behavior Analysis Program
The Family Behavior Analysis Program uses the basic principles of learning and behavior analysis to assess and treat behavior problems displayed by children diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities. The program offers a continuum of services for children 2-21 years and is comprised of services for both Severe Behavior Disorders and Feeding Disorders.
Severe Behavior Disorders
The services for Severe Behavior Disorders provide assessment and treatment of challenging behavior displayed by children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Challenging behavior includes:
- Property destruction
- General disruptive behavior
A team of Licensed Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and direct-care staff will assist families with understanding the purpose behind their child's challenging behavior and develop an individualized treatment that focuses on the prevention of future occurrences of the challenging behavior. Caregivers are trained in basic behavior management techniques, as well as on the treatment procedures specific to their child's challenging behavior. Finally, clinical services are supplemented with in-home visits to ensure carryover of the behavior management techniques into the child's natural environment. Children appropriate for these services are those whose behavior puts them or their family at serious risk for diminished health and/or the child is at risk for a change in their home or school placement.
The services for Feeding Disorders include the assessment and treatment of a variety of feeding difficulties displayed by children both with and without developmental disabilities. Feeding difficulties may include:
- Food selectivity
- Food refusal
- Restricted or limited food consumption due to a medical complication (e.g., presence of G-tube).
The Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic sees an array of children with diverse etiologies. However, in all cases, we treat a wide range of problems related a severe level of food refusal behaviors. This refusal may manifest as an extremely selective diet, a lack of progression to age appropriate textures, a refusal to self-feed, an inflexibility to eat across a wide range of environments including school, explosive tantrums and aggression during meals, increased social limitations for those already at risk (e.g., autism) and in the most severe cases a refusal to consume a sufficient amount of nutrition to thrive.
The feeding staff work toward the development of a structured meal plan that is designed to meet the needs of each individual child. Caregivers are trained in the techniques that work best for assisting their child in being successful. Additionally, clinical services are supplemented with in-home visits to ensure the child continues to consume all foods successfully within the natural environment. Prior to receiving feeding services, all individuals need to obtain medical clearance from Upstate Medical Gastroenterology.
Children Appropriate for Services Are
- Children who are at risk for a change in their living placement
- Children who are at risk for a change in their school placement
- Children whose behaviors put them or their family at serious risk for diminished health
- Children whose behavior is of such a severity and/or intensity that the individual is a danger to him or herself and is at risk for long-term residential placement.