Jake and Heather break it down as they discuss treatment intervention. One of the points they dig deeper on is behavioral modification.
The belief behind behavior modification is that all behaviors can be observed and measured, and used as targets for change. Behavioral modification seeks to change or shape behavior through a set of stimuli and response actions. This works under the premise that the best way to understand a person’s behavior is to look at the reason for action and the consequences of said action.
To measure a child’s adaptive behaviors, a specialist will observe the child’s skills and compare them to other children of the same age. Things that may be observed include how well the child can feed or dress himself or herself; how well the child is able to communicate with and understand others; and how the child interacts with family, friends, and other children of the same age.
Intellectual disability is thought to affect about 1% of the population. Of those affected, 85% have mild intellectual disability and this means they are just a little slower than average to learn new information or skills. With the right support, most will be able to live independently as adults.
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