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Pediatric Behaviors Part 3: When and How to Implement Strategies

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.

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: 63 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

Including behavioral strategies within healthcare requires some finesse to make a positive impact on a child's participation. Understanding why a child is demonstrating behaviors is only part of the solution. This course will highlight the significance of consistency and carryover when implementing behavioral strategies. You will examine methods for shaping, modeling, and replacing behaviors as well as how to respond when a child's behaviors escalate in response to your application of behavioral strategies. Timing and frequency of delivering behavioral strategies will also be distinguished. Finally, when to refer to or seek out a specialist to assist with addressing challenging behaviors 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. It Is Not Just Bribing a Child

Oftentimes rewarding a child may look like bribery or coercion. When reinforcement is delivered correctly, aligned to the specific function of the behavior, this is not the case. Timing, consistency, and when and how to adjust levels of reinforcement will also be differentiated.

2. Now What Do I Do?

When teaching a child new strategies and behaviors, there are several methods that maximize success, such as shaping, modeling, and replacing behaviors. However, there are certain things to consider when teaching new behaviors because sometimes a child reacts more strongly when learning. We will examine how to respond if a child increases their behaviors during this time.

3. Knowing Enough to Know That I Don’t Know Enough

A child’s behaviors can escalate, become more severe, or have significant impact on engagement in daily activities. Recognizing the types of providers out there and when to reach out to a behavioral specialist for advice or assistance is pivotal.

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