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Understanding Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

presented by Renee Watling

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This course will examine the challenging behaviors that occur in pediatric clients, give current statistics of challenging behavior in children and discuss the social implications of these behaviors. Challenging behavior will be defined and described as a foundation for further information including functional analysis of behavior. Behavior theory will be presented with detailed discussion of antecedents and consequences to the behavior. The content of this course will assist pediatric therapy practitioners in better defining and describing the challenging behaviors their clients demonstrate, the function of the behavior and the factors that maintain the behavior. These elements lay the foundation for the next course in this series that examines the clinical reasoning process that therapists use when planning intervention for challenging behaviors.

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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. What is Challenging Behavior?

This chapter provides a foundation for understanding challenging behaviors and the effects they have for the child and those around the child. Concepts from behavior theory and occupational therapy theory are introduced.

2. An Introduction to Behavior Theory

An introduction to behavior theory lays the foundation for developing operational definitions of behaviors, determining antecedents to behavior, and identifying consequences of behavior. These factors are critical for designing effective interventions for challenging behaviors.

3. Functions of Challenging Behaviors

All behaviors serve a purpose. Understanding the purpose of a particular behavior is the first key in addressing the behavior. This chapter explores the three primary functions of behaviors and discusses how to determine the function of a particular behavior.

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Applying the Clinical Reasoning Process to Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Therapy

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Applying the Clinical Reasoning Process to Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Therapy

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Clinical reasoning is an integral part of effective occupational therapy intervention, but can be difficult to identify and define. By explicitly considering all aspects of clinical reasoning and their application when working with clients who have challenging behaviors, practitioners can enhance their services and help to identify effective interventions to address the behaviors. This course will review seven types of clinical reasoning and discuss how each type of reasoning is used when addressing client challenging behaviors. A case example is used to illustrate application of key concepts and provide a foundation for translating information to the individual clients on practitioner caseloads.

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Managing Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Therapy: Answers to Common Questions

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Managing Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Therapy: Answers to Common Questions

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Despite having knowledge in behavior theory and skill in intervention approaches, therapists can have difficulty managing challenging behaviors in the context of pediatric therapy sessions. This course uses a question and answer format to apply the theoretical and practical content from preceding courses to specific questions around challenging behaviors that commonly arise in pediatric therapy. In addition, a novice therapist joins Dr. Watling to discuss management of challenging behaviors in a case example.

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Interventions for Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

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Interventions for Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

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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.

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