Nuerologically Based Behaviors

NBB Reflection Paper

After reading and viewing my classmate’s PowerPoint presentations about Neurologically-Based Behaviors (NBB’s),   I have gained a better understanding and appreciation for what they are and the various strategies and behavior modifications that can be utilized in decreasing undesirable behaviors.

When I think about the past and how I have previously attended to such behaviors, I immediately feel like I had served an injustice to these children afflicted with these disorders.   For example, one child comes to mind immediately.   His name is Noah (and at the time 8 years old) and he has a sensory integration disorder.   He had brain damage at birth, and it resulted in a NBB.   Noah displays behaviors such as hyperactivity and distractibility, overly sensitivity to sounds, and negative self-concept of himself.   He is extremely uncoordinated in both his fine/gross motor skills.   Instead of developing a shaping plan for him, I just tried my best to be sensitive to his hyperactivity and distractibility.   I would only use verbal reinforcements with him, and was very encouraging when he had difficulties with his coordination and outbursts.

I understand much more about NBB’s now that I didn’t know before.   I now have a clearer understanding of effective strategies to use to reduce and/or eliminate undesirable behaviors.  
For instance, when Noah would exhibit undesirable behaviors such as verbal outbursts, I could have implemented a shaping plan that would help him to reduce or eliminate such behavior.   Noah loved analogies.   I could have helped him to learn how to self-regulate his outburst by using the analogy of a car engine (He loved cars, too).   Basically, the analogy has three stages: 1. Identifying the engine speeds, 2. Experimenting with changing engine speeds, and 3. Regulating engine speeds.   Speeds are as follows:   high (hyper, overexcited), low (sluggish, spacey), and just right (easy to learn and get along with others).   I could have...