Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

Multiple Variable Observation Benefits: #7 of Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

by Torri Wright | February 12th, 2020

As we are collecting data, sometimes we get hyper-focused on one thing or the crisis itself and we miss key components that lead up to the dysregulation/crisis. Acknowledging the variables around a person as influencers help us to become more observant take a step back to see a bigger picture. The macro/micro is what I like to call this. When I can look at things from a bird’s eye view, I see the surrounding area and what is pushing one way or another.

With that information, I am able to dive back into the micro and guide from the ground. For example, when someone is struggling with noise and transitions, I would not recognize this unless I stand way back, watch, pay attention to ALL that is going on and keep notes/data that shows me if in fact, the environmental noise added to transitions are a trigger. Once I see this happened a handful of times, I can hypothesize and add interventions to support, further testing if that is a notable variable. This avoids trying to address the challenging situation head on and recognizing there are things going on that are adding to the dysregulation and by addressing those things, we address the intensity and possibly the duration of the behavior, right away.

Another example would be barometric pressure changes. I happen to live in an area this changes frequently, therefore it impacts people in a variety of ways. If I am tracking this along with sensory seeking behaviors, I might begin to notice when the pressure is above 30’ there are more sensory seeking behaviors that lead to dysregulation. I now can make a solid guess this is impacting the person and add sensory integration; tools, pressure, swings, movements, etc. to help with the regulation during these days/times.

BEHCA looks at multiple variables, as challenging behavior is communicating to those around, that something is off and they may not have the ability, cognitive capacity, or understanding to communicate with words. Therefore, looking at variables and how they impact a person, becomes a critical piece of assessment to ensure effective intervention development and implementation.