Recovering from a brain injury requires a team of dedicated professionals skilled in brain injury rehabilitation. From acute care to vocational training and community integration, rehabilitation is pivotal for individuals to achieve the best outcome and recovery.
It is not uncommon for individuals to display a variety of challenging behavioral problems that interfere with rehabilitation, which include agitation, aggression, hostility, as well as depression, loss of motivation, and emotional dysregulation. When these behavioral problems are present, rehabilitation is frequently delayed or postponed indefinitely, which impedes full recovery.
Applied Behavior Analysis has been used in the treatment of these interfering behaviors so that effective rehabilitation can be resumed and bringing hope to the individual and his or her loved ones. Additionally, applied behavior analysis has been used to teach individuals to act upon his or her world more effectively. Among the techniques include Errorless Learning, Shaping and Fading, Fluency, and Precision Teaching.
Skill Acquisition and Brain Injury
Following a brain injury, an individual may need to acquire lost activities of daily living, academic skills, community skills, or social skills. For decades, applied behavior analysis has provided skill acquisition and teaching techniques to enhance greater independence and quality of life. The literature generated in this area is immense and points to successes in areas never before achieved in education.
Applied behavior analysis has utilized procedures generated from the laboratory and translated into practice:
- Errorless Teaching
- Fluency and Precision Teaching
- Behavioral Momentum
- Shaping, Fading, Prompting, & Modeling
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