by Torri Wright | January 15th, 2020
The notion of behavior happening out of the blue is mildly dangerous. When we fail to see the causation or influences leading to dysregulated behavior, we are only looking at the challenging/crisis behavior. If we are in an organization needing to support those with complex or challenging behavior, then this idea should be challenged every time it is brought up. The entire reason BEHCA was designed is to address the significant lack of awareness that our environment, health, and relationships significantly impact how we show up and become dysregulated.
In the See Beyond Behavior book, we delve into how behavior is a large part of communication, in fact, 90% of communication is non-verbal. As a society we have become accustomed to rely on the “verbal” part of communication far more than the other 90%, leading to detached and misunderstood interactions. When behavior is challenging or complex, there is a tendency to want to make it stop, rather than take a step back and understand where it is coming from. Shifting the lens in how we see behavior opens up an opportunity to see a different point of view; understanding the behavior is informative if we observe.
Setting events are something, also mentioned in the book and are what I describe as things that add up throughout someone’s day, leading to agitation, frustrations, sensory overwhelm or a sense of loneliness/disconnect from peers or community. These things are coupled with any physiological or biological components that an individual wakes up with daily – autism, depression, anxiety, ADHD, diabetes, autoimmune disease, or other – and compound the impact of daily goings-on that are out of the ordinary or not in rhythm with the individual. Again, the more we step back and review the macro, we begin to see the functioning’s of the micro.