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Pediatric Behaviors Part 2: Examining Approaches

presented by Sandra Brown, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, BCBA, CAS

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Financial: Sandra Brown receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Sandra Brown has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

To borrow from Newton's third law, every action has a reaction. Behaviors are actions, but how we react to them is pivotal. As healthcare practitioners, we need to recognize the best practices for how to address challenging behaviors when they occur. We can increase, decrease, or have no effect on a child's behaviors. As part of this course, you will compare different theoretical approaches to addressing challenging behaviors from the clinical and behavioral perspective. Basic behavioral principles from applied behavior analysis, such as reinforcement and punishment, will be defined, and feasibility of carrying out behavioral strategies in healthcare will be discussed.

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Sandra Brown, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, BCBA, CAS

Dr. Sandra Brown is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Brown has been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years. She specializes in pediatrics; however, she has worked in a variety of settings, including home-based schools, residential facilities, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Brown is board-certified…

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1. Common Approaches to Address Behaviors

There are many ways to address behaviors when demonstrated by children, but oftentimes these are not best practices, nor do they even work! Current methods used will be highlighted and rationale presented as to why certain strategies are used and why others should be considered.

2. Best Practices to Address Challenging Behaviors

One of the most effective interventions for addressing challenging behaviors is applied behavior analysis (ABA). The theory guiding ABA will be introduced, as will some basic behavioral principles to be utilized as a foundation to guiding best practices for addressing behaviors in pediatric skilled care.

3. Applying Behavior Strategies to Clinical Practice

Comprehensive, intensive intervention has been identified as the ideal method for addressing behaviors. In clinical practice, this is often not feasible. A focused approach will be presented and examined as a method for targeting behaviors when they occur.

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