First, we do a functional behavior assessment in order to discover what function the behavior has for the individual. We believe that all behaviors are adaptive. That is, they are a way for the individual to adapt to their environment in order to get their wants and needs met. Our initial assessment will tell us under what circumstances the behavior in question is likely to occur: when, where, how, and with whom. It will uncover the possible triggers and, most importantly, the consequences. This will allow us to see how the behavior is being reinforced and why it continues to occur. Once we understand that, we ensure that the problem behavior is no longer reinforced, and we begin to teach more appropriate and socially-acceptable ways to get those needs met. Our ultimate goal is for the individual to be able to demonstrate the new skills in a variety of natural contexts, and thus benefit from richer personal and social experiences.