Outpatient Behavioral Therapy Services

Outpatient behavioral therapy services are primarily conducted in the clinic setting, although home and school services are available upon request. The assessment and therapy process requires the active participation of children/adolescents and their families. At Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama, our approach to therapy is grounded in the principles of applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavior therapy.


The initial therapy session consists of an evaluation to:


• Better understand the behavioral and/or academic concerns

• Identify the environmental variables associated with problem behaviors

• Determine the function of behaviors (e.g., functional behavior assessments, functional analysis)

• Develop a plan to prioritize and achieve treatment goals


Follow-up sessions focus on:


• Collaborating with parents and caregivers to provide education, information, resources, and support

• Identifying strategies to reduce problem behavior while building appropriate skills/replacement behaviors


Our service providers collaborate with each family to determine the frequency of sessions, which is usually based on the severity of problem behaviors as well as the family's needs and preferences.


We often work with children and adolescents who present with behavioral problems and/or skills deficits such as:


• Task refusal (e.g., not listening or following directions, difficulty with transitions)

• Negative vocalizations

• Mild self-injury (e.g., head-banging, biting, scratching)

• Aggression towards others (e.g., hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, and/or spitting)

• Disruptive behaviors (e.g., screaming, cursing, tantrums)

• Elopement (e.g., running away)

• Property destruction (e.g., flipping furniture, throwing objects, ripping materials)

• Difficulties with communication (e.g., expressing wants and needs)

• Feeding problems (e.g., food selectivity, inappropriate mealtime behaviors)

• Toileting and self-care deficits

• Anxiety

• Emotional and behavioral regulation concerns