Dr. Laytin specializes in the
use of Behavioral Psychology in the treatment of disorders.
He uses techniques known historically as Behavior Modification,
today more commonly referred to as behavior analysis or Applied
Behavioral Analysis. This approach is scientifically-derived
and seeks to understand the causes of inappropriate behaviors
through understanding their impact upon the environment. The
techniques are applications of Psychological research that
began in the 1930s and 1940s and saw the first applications
to human behavior change in the 1950s and 1960s. It began
with the work of B.F. Skinner. Virtually all of the Applied
Behavior Analysis being done today is derived from this early
research in the Psychology of Learning. It relies on what
is referred to as the functional analysis of behavior and
generally uses techniques of positive reinforcement to teach
appropriate behavior and to replace inappropriate behaviors.
This is Dr. Laytin's area of expertise.
Using this functional analysis allows Dr. Laytin to help
reduce behaviors such as child temper tantrums, oppositional-defiant
behaviors and failure of children to toilet train. These techniques
can also be helpful in managing hyperactivity and attention
deficit disorders, and addressing skill acquition in children
and adults with developmental delays, autism, language delays,
social skill deficits, obsessive compulsive behaviors, eating
disorders and fears. Other Behavioral Psychology techniques
known traditionally as Behavior Therapy, are used to address
many adult behavioral issues.