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Samantha A. Salinas, LMSW, BCBA

Samantha A. Salinas, LMSW, BCBA

Samantha earned a Bachelor's in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master's in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is both a Licensed Master Social Worker and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career counseling in psychiatric units, where she gained knowledge about ABA therapy. She pursued her ABA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology, while completing her field practicum at a State Supported Living Center. She has experience working with all age groups in residential, home, and clinical settings. Her areas of interest include dual diagnoses, verbal behavior, functional independence, and physical aggression. She has worked with The Shape of Behavior since 2014 and is currently at the Cypress clinic.

Aggression is a common occurrence in households of children with disabilities. This can be overwhelming for most parents. The purpose of this post is to identify variables that affect aggression, along with basic preventative and response strategies. While these are strategies commonly used in various settings, a descriptive assessment or functional analysis should be conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to identify the function of aggression. After identifying the function, the BCBA can then assist in identifying individualized antecedent and response strategies, accompanied with functional replacement behaviors to decrease aggression and improve functional skills.

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