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Interventions for Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

presented by Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Financial: Renee Watling receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Renee Watling 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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This course will discuss a range of intervention strategies that can be used to address challenging behaviors. Strategies include three primary approaches to intervention: preventing problem behavior, promoting positive behavior, and intervening when challenging behavior already exists. Specific intervention ideas in each of these areas will be discussed.

Meet Your Instructor

Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Watling has been a pediatric occupational therapist in Washington State since 1992. She has worked in clinic, school, and private practice settings; has lectured extensively at state, regional, and national conferences; and has published extensively on the topics of sensory processing, sensory-based occupational therapy intervention, and issues related to services for children with autism.…

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1. Introduction to Intervention Concepts

This chapter lays the foundation for the rest of the course and highlights important considerations about changing behavior that must be addressed before beginning an intervention program.

2. Preventing Challenging Behaviors

This chapter describes the importance of establishing a context that prevents challenging behaviors from emerging. Strategies to accomplish this aim are identified and described, enabling participants to customize and implement them in their own practice settings.

3. Promoting Positive Behavior

This chapter describes the importance of intentionally establishing a context that supports positive behaviors. Strategies to accomplish this aim are identified and described, enabling participants to customize and implement them in their own practice settings.

4. Intervening for Persistent Challenging Behavior

Existing and persistent challenging behaviors can be particularly difficult to modify. This chapter addresses strategies for approaching more extreme behaviors and those that are well-established. Strategies are identified and described, as are the principles of behavior management that must be considered when designing and implementing programs to modify behavior.

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