4myLearn Learning Challenge Model

Level 4: Derived Behaviors (Internal)

Derived behaviors are modified behaviors in response to people and society’s reactions to a child’s learned behaviors. They are less transparent, but more complex and entrenched than the coping behaviors of the Level 3. They reflect the child's skills and understanding on how the world works for them.

Adaptive These behaviors allow individuals to function successfully in society, while retaining their uniqueness.
Maladaptive or Symptoms Maladaptive derived behaviors can be highly disruptive and dysfunctional. They all too frequently shape the evaluation and diagnosis, and are the target of many less effective treatment interventions. They lead society to view differences in developmental needs as mental illness.