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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 in pediatrics (BCP) through the American Occupational Therapy Association, is a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Brown discovered her love for teaching at Thomas Jefferson University. Upon moving to Florida, she continued this passion while pursuing her PhD in rehabilitation science at the University of Florida in Gainesville. As an OT and BCBA, in fulfillment of her PhD, she explored the impact of challenging behaviors on a child's participation in therapy and is dedicated to bringing her experience addressing challenging behaviors into healthcare. Dr. Brown's scholarly work examines quality of life, pediatric challenging behaviors, knowledge translation, implementation science, and pedagogy. Dr. Brown is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, academic institutions, and community events. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Brown loves to teach and brings that enthusiasm into the classroom. She was the recipient of Jacksonville University's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022 and received the inaugural Anatomage Outstanding Teaching Award Graduate/Professional Division in 2023 for her innovation in teaching anatomy.

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Pediatric Behaviors Part 1: Identifying Behaviors

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

Pediatric Behaviors Part 1: Identifying Behaviors

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 18 Minutes

All children demonstrate behaviors, yet when these behaviors impact participation in healthcare interventions, what do you do? When do you intervene? This course is designed to introduce learners to the significance and impact of challenging behaviors in pediatrics. As part of this course, you will recognize behavioral responses and when you may need to step in. Additionally, you will identify common functions as to why children engage in behaviors and recognize how children display these behaviors. Results from a national survey of occupational therapists regarding the impact of challenging behaviors will be shared. Commonly used strategies will be identified as well as current gaps in the knowledge and evidence for best practices to address challenging behaviors in pediatric practice.

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Pediatric Behaviors Part 2: Examining Approaches

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

Pediatric Behaviors Part 2: Examining Approaches

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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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Pediatric Behaviors Part 3: When and How to Implement Strategies

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

Pediatric Behaviors Part 3: When and How to Implement Strategies

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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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Pediatric Behaviors Part 4: Integrating Strategies Into Practice

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

Pediatric Behaviors Part 4: Integrating Strategies Into Practice

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Video Runtime: 58 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

This course will encourage you to appraise your current service delivery and consider applying behavioral strategies within your practice to empower a child to participate in skilled care. Every child is unique, so this will emphasize treatment of the whole child, maintaining the child-directed approach while maximizing engagement to achieve outcomes. As part of this course, you will differentiate short-term strategies to use in the moment from long-term strategies to make an impact on a child's participation over time. Additionally, part of shaping and changing a child's behaviors involves reflection and introspection into your own biases, beliefs, and perceptions, as these can impact your success with implementation of behavior strategies.

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Jan 29, 2024

Pediatric Behaviors Part 1: Identifying Behaviors

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