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Behavior Management Strategies for Children with Special Needs

presented by Deborah Boroughs, RN, MSN

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Deborah Boroughs receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Deborah Boroughs has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 40 Minutes

This course provides students with an overview of managing challenging behaviors of children with special health care needs in pediatric home care. The importance for the home care nurse to recognize that behavior is a form of communication is emphasized. Improper response by the nurse to challenging behavior can result in negative outcomes for the child and family. Home care nurses have a unique opportunity to provide behavior support to the child and family. This course will identify the (1) common causes of challenging behavior in children with special needs, (2) examples of challenging behaviors in these children with disabilities, and (3) core components of positive behavior support and communication for home care nurses.

Meet Your Instructor

Deborah Boroughs, RN, MSN

Deborah Boroughs, RN, MSN, has extensive professional and personal experience in the management of medically complex children. As an advanced practice nurse, she led a professional team of nurses and social workers as the director of the Pennsylvania Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program (VACHP), a Pennsylvania Department of Health program with offices at Children's Hospital…

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1. All Behavior Is a Form of Communication

In this chapter, challenging behavior is defined. Challenging behavior can have an impact on the child’s general health and well-being. Children with cognitive impairments or speech deficits often use challenging behaviors to express their needs. It is common for children who display negative behaviors to receive personal attention. The pediatric home care nurse must endeavor to understand this form of communication to offer and implement successful interventions that minimize the behaviors and meet the needs of the child.

2. A Parent’s Perspective

This chapter presents an interview of a father who is a trauma nurse and an adoptive father of several children with special health care needs who also have behavioral disorders. At the time of adoption, he was unaware that several of the children had behavior disorders in addition to significant medical needs. His perspective for successful management of challenging behaviors is highlighted.

3. A Practical Guide for Positive Behavioral Support by Pediatric Home Care Nurses

Strategies for behavioral management of pediatric patients with special health care needs for home care nurses is offered in this chapter. Scenarios are used to illustrate successful interventions of behavioral support by pediatric home care nurses.

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