Category 4 out of 12
Theoretical Construct: Motivational and Needs-Based Theories
- Goal Directed Thinking:
- “I am going home today.”
- “My wife is coming to pick me up.”
- “I need to go to the bank.”
- Goal Directed Activities:
- Rummaging, rifling or emptying drawers.
- Rearranging furniture / fixing items in milieu.
- Stripping beds / pulling curtains
- Intrusiveness, purposeful wandering
Purpose of the Behavior
- Demonstrates heightened motivational drives resulting in:
- Triggering needs of “belongingness.”
- Activating motivational forces.
- Propelling needs fulfillment.
- Goal-Directed Cognition (GDC):
- Heightened interest in environment.
- Increased ability to detect deficiencies in environment / internal state.
- Consistent, fixated cognitions.
- Goal-Directed Activities (GDA):
- Cognitions generated into congruent activities.
- Functional motor activities (FMA) that are purposeful to the person.
- Ex. Retired trade workers doing work-related tasks.
- Stimulus Bound Activities:
- Tied to overt / obvious stimuli.
- Persistent behavior as long as stimuli is present.
- Utilization behaviors that are specific to an overt stimulus.
- Demonstrates need for extra staff to support “Busy Beaver” state and person’s needs, motives, and fulfillment pursuits.
- Staff should provide alternative directions and remove triggers in environment.
- Staff should not attempt to impede the person.
- Staff should help person fulfill identified need.