Torri Wright provides a unique glimpse into the world of complex and challenging behavior
by Torri Wright | November 28th, 2018
Behavior consultant and author Torri Wright provides a unique glimpse into the world of complex and challenging behavior.
Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a special education teacher, behavior consultant, author, and business owner. In that time, she has witnessed countless situations where people fixate on bad behaviors. They often make assumptions, instead of taking a few steps back to see what the function of the behavior is or simply what it might be communicating.
From her experiences within group homes to the corporate world, and everything in between, she can confidently say that behind every behavior is a purpose. And it’s up to us to move beyond tick marks and journaling, to identify patterns. We need to decode what the behavior - good or bad - is trying to tell us.
The word behavior itself is an action that is observable and measurable. Undesirable behavior creates a resistance, discomfort, or even unsafe situations for the individual and those around them. The internal workings of where and why behavior occurs is a complicated mapping within the human process. Rarely, does challenging or undesirable behavior occur due to a single, isolated event.