Tool Launched to For Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism

Skills has released a tool for positive behavior support planning that allows professionals and families of children with autism to create a comprehensive, online behavior intervention plan (BIP) for challenging behaviors.

“We are proud to add this new feature to the Skills program because it gives users an even greater resource for autism intervention and it focuses on improving efficiency and effectiveness. Users are led to choose evidence-based and least intrusive interventions and can create a BIP in minutes!”, says Skills Director, Adel Najdowski, PhD, BCBA-D. “The Skills program’s focus on teaching new skills coupled now with this new feature to deal with challenging behavior truly offers global access to tools for designing comprehensive, top-quality ABA-based intervention programs.”

With this new feature, users can create a BIP in two simple steps. The first step is answer a short series of questions that leads to the creation of a BIP. The second step is to review and customize the BIP and begin implementing its strategies.

Skill is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which has been empirically proven to be the most effective autism treatment. It is designed to give users access to the most comprehensive assessment of a child’s development ever created. The results of the assessment are linked directly to a set of eight developmental areas that provide individualized lesson plans with step-by-step instructions for teaching children the skills they need. Skills also serves as an effective management tool by supplying a clinical timeline, charts, and graphs for tracking treatment progress and the impact of various events (including other treatments and life events) on the child’s progress. And now, Skills offers the ability to create BIPs for challenging behavior.

Skills was created as a tool for any individual involved in the assessment and treatment planning of a child with autism. This could include professionals (ABA providers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc.), school teachers, and parents. Skills was created with the aim of promoting a multidisciplinary approach in that everyone on a child’s treatment team is able to input data on the interventions they are implementing with the child and view their effects on learning all at once. It is highly recommended that at least one person on a child’s treatment team using Skills is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). The role of this individual is to design and direct the child’s curriculum program within Skills.