Adaptive-Behavior-Hand-RaisingWhat is Adaptive Behavior?

Adaptive behavior is behavior that responds appropriately to environmental stimuli.  When planning a program to decrease inappropriate, maladaptive behaviors, it is critical to include objectives to increase replacement, adaptive behaviors.  Behavior analysts consider all elements that may be reinforcing maladaptive behavior in order to determine an adaptive behavior that will serve the same reinforcing function.  For example, in a classroom where a child receives his teacher’s attention by screaming, a behavior analyst would look to decrease the screaming by teaching the child a new adaptive response, such as raising his hand.  This would enable the child to receive the same reinforcing value sought by his screaming—the teacher’s attention.

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My son has been receiving ABA at NSPT4Kids for a year and a half. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and understanding. They have been great working with our insurance company. My son has completely opened up. He now seeks his older sister to play – something he never did for the first four and a half years of his life. He looks at me when he talks to me. We have conversations. It is amazing. I never would have thought ABA could do this. I am so thankful for NSPT4Kids!


Our son has been in the ABA program at North Shore for almost two years now. The gains his therapists have made with him have been without a shadow of a doubt wonderful and remarkable. Everything they do in session, we always reinforce at home to help him continue his gains. The ABA therapists are always quick to update the kids individual program to continue to challenge the kids, even if they are having a rough time that session. We are grateful of what North Shore has done for our son both past, present and moving into the future. As we get ready to send our son into Kindergarten, the North Shore ABA team gets a lot of credit helping to make this milestone happen for him. I highly recommend North Shore for all of their services.

Tom J