Antecedent Management Strategies for Reducing Challenging Behaviors

Aggression, non-compliance, and property destruction are but a few challenges that parents and service providers may encounter on a given day. There are many schools of thought in regard to the most appropriate or successful way to respond when these challenging behaviors occur, but what if we could make challenging behavior less likely to occur to begin with? By implementing antecedent management strategies, we can reduce, or even eliminate, the things in the environment which may be contributing to the occurrence of these problem behaviors.

Antecedent management is the process of identifying, and altering, the variables in the environment which contribute to the occurrence of challenging behavior and the variables which are conducive to a positive learning environment. By reducing or eliminating the things likely to lead to challenging behavior and enhancing those that promote desirable behavior, we can create a supportive and productive learning environment.