But understanding the root cause is an important first step and this is usually called the “function” of the behavior. And while it can get more complicated when it comes to building the skills necessary to replace the problem behavior, finding the function or purpose usually takes just a little bit of problem solving and can be narrowed down to a few basic wants or needs.
Broadly speaking, you can even break it down do just two needs? Do they want to GET something or do they wish to AVOID something? And then those ‘somethings’ can be divided into just three basic categories: Attention, Tangible, and Sensory. Let’s look at these three concepts individually.