The Behavior Center specializes in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of severe behavior disorders. We treat noncompliant, self-injurious, aggressive, and destructive behaviors that limit learning and hinder opportunities to lead a more full and meaningful life.

Individuals who may benefit from services from The Behavior Center include those who:

1) Display behaviors that threaten the health or safety of him/herself or others

2) Engage in behaviors that may be a barrier to his/her ability to remain in the least restrictive setting, and/or limit his/her ability to participate in family and community life

3) Display problem behaviors that prevent them from learning developmentally appropriate adaptive, social, or functional skills fundamental to attain social inclusion and increased independence.

Diagnoses served include the following:

  • Autism or related Developmental Disabilities
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disabilities
  • Down Syndrome
  • Learning Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders/Self­injurious Behavior
  • Social/Emotional Problems
  • Mental health concerns

The assessment, treatment, family/caregiver training, generalization, and maintenance is generally completed in 6-12 months depending on the intensity of the behavior problems and corresponding treatment.

Services from The Behavior Center are not restricted to a particular developmental disability, level of intellectual functioning, gender, or age range.

Problem behavior resolution occurs in 4 phases: Assessment, Treatment, Generalization, and Maintenance. Duration of each phase is dependent on the severity and history of the problem behavior, as well as other factors related to the setting in which the problem behaviors occur and the ability of the family and community to support the behavior change programs. In most cases, 6-12 months is required to achieve and show sustained behavior change.

Assessment involves understanding the details of the problem behavior, the client’s strengths and areas of needs. The function of the problem behavior is central to developing the treatment plan. Almost all of these services occur at the Behavior Center. Family members and other caregivers as well as other professionals participate in helping develop a clear understanding of the behavior.

Treatment begins at The Behavior Center and focuses on having an understanding of the role the behavior problem in relation to the individual’s environment and current skill sets. The emphasis is on building alternative behaviors that are more appropriate and compete with the problem behaviors. Family members and significant others are trained in implementing the behavior protocols with support of the staff.

Generalization to home, community, and school settings is the next stage in the behavior change process. Behavior Center Staff help support parents and other caregivers in the implementation of the treatment plans.

Maintenance of desired change is crucial. Behavior Center staff are available to help ensure that treatment plans are maintained with the integrity required to achieve sustained behavior change.