We all want our loved ones with disabilities to live a life where they can be happy, productive, and most of all, safe. This is often achieved with good socialization, community based support, and other interventions.
However, as we provide families with holistic services in New Jersey, we understand that some people with IDDs have behaviors that can be harmful to their safety and overall well-being. These behaviors can make it hard for them to interact with others and enjoy their lives. How can these behaviors be replaced with ideal ones?
A good routine can help streamline activities that your loved one can have for the day. Developing routines is vital in development disability care. Routines help structure the day and can be comforting when maintained. When the routine offers a variety of learning, play and socializing activities, individuals develop new skills and model ideal behaviors. Rinse and repeat! Practice makes possible.
- Positive Reinforcement
You can also encourage ideal behavior through positive reinforcement. You can use rewards, words and positive stimuli and present them to your loved ones after they perform ideal behaviors. These rewards will make it more likely for these behaviors to be repeated.
- Behavioral Interventions
A wide range of behavioral interventions is also available for loved ones struggling in traditional settings. These interventions are designed specifically to alter certain behaviors in individuals. You can use these interventions to encourage ideal behaviors while removing harmful ones. Mental health providers and behavioral experts often provide this service.
Let us help you support your loved ones with developmental disabilities here at Gracious Services, Inc. We offer support for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Essex, Somerset and Union, New Jersey. Connect with us to learn how we can help you or your loved ones!