Severe problem behavior is not inevitable for children or adolescents with autism or with an intellectual disability, but the probability of a repertoire of problem behavior developing is much higher for these children and adolescents. When severe problem behavior becomes routine, highly restrictive and sometimes joyless lifestyles develop for families.
FTF Consultants are expert in assessing and treating severe problem behavior. They are skilled in building capacity and confidence in others to safely and quickly assess and effectively treat severe problem behavior. FTF Consultants are equipped with a proven effective and generally applicable assessment and treatment process that puts safety and dignity before all else. Despite our assumption that extraordinary forms of problem behavior are usually learned from ordinary interactions, we take the universal precaution that all children have experienced trauma in situations like those in which people report problem behavior to be prevalent. The result is our commitment to open-door therapy models in which clients choose to participate and conversely may withdraw assent at any time. We also train others in the shared assumption that problem behavior is occasioned by an interaction of contextual factors and strengthened by personally unique combinations of events experienced following episodes of severe problem behavior or their precursors.
We build capacity in others to implement an efficient model of assessment and treatment within a three-step process. The first step is a full-day seminar in which the practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment process is illustrated via interactive lecture and multiple case examples. The second step is on-site implementation support the day following the seminar. FTF Consultants guide the process of designing and implementing personalized functional analyses for three children or clients served by the hosting organization. If appropriate consent is obtained, video technology allows for the analyses to be viewed by all participants. The skill-based teaching process is then outlined for each client and the initial treatment is often initiated on this day. The third step involves weekly consultative support via Zoom videoconferencing. An FTF Consultant supports the host organization’s personnel in progressing the treatment until all critical social skills are developed under the conditions that used to occasion severe problem behavior. We support teams until treatment is extended to all relevant people and contexts and until a socially meaningful impact is achieved.
A more detailed description of the seminar and implementation support can be found here.