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Functions of Behavior

Problem behaviors have a reason for occurring. There are four functions for why they may happen- Sensory, Escape, Attention, and Access to Tangibles. For short, we call them SEAT. Read blwo to learn more about each function and how to react to them.

4 Functions of Behavior

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S-Sensory

Behavior provides sensory stimulation to the child and makes the child feel 'good'. These behaviors can occur at any moment and at any time. 

E-Escape

This behavior is prevalent when the child wants to get out of an undesired task or situation. Escape can happen when there is too much going on, whether it is in the environment or the work they are working on. Something can be too much for them.


A-Attention

Behaviors for attention are an attempt to get the attention of peers or other people in the general area that the child is in. These behaviors can be seen as an attempt to get the attention of someone who isn't paying the attention they're seeking. 

T-Acess to Tangibles 

Behaviors for attention are an attempt to get the attention of peers or other people in the general area that the child is in. These behaviors can be seen as an attempt to get the attention of someone who isn't paying the attention they're seeking. 

Approaches to the functions:

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