Functions of the Behavior

Do you often find yourself asking why your child behaves the way they do at times? Behaviors occur to either ‘get or obtain’ or to ‘escape or avoid.’ Understanding why your child behaves the way they do can help you approach the situation and seek a positive outcome. Ask yourself if they are trying to get attention, something specific (a toy from someone) or self stimulation (to combat boredom). Possibly they are trying to avoid a demand or request, avoid an activity or task they do not want to do, or possibly avoid the internal stimulation for sensory reasons. Understanding is the first step toward seeking a solution.