Engaging Clients with Maladaptive Behaviors

Presented by Aimee E. Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA

Meet Your Instructor

  • Aimee E. Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA
    Aimee E. Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA

    Aimee E. Perron PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA received her BS in Health Studies and MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital - Institute of Health Professions. She achieved American Physical Therapy Association Board Certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2008. She has over 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits and older adults. She also has extensive training and is certified as a Geriatric Certified Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA), Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), and in LSVT BIG. Aimee is currently a Regional Clinical Director for Genesis Rehabilitation Services (GRS) where her primary role is in supporting evidence-based service delivery and top of license practice throughout New England. She also serves as a GRS Master Clinician in Neurology and Strength Training for the Older Adult. In addition, Aimee is Lab Instructor for Massachusetts General Hospital – Institute of Health Profession for the entry-level DPT program neurological courses. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the assessment and treatment of patients with neurological deficits, spasticity management, balance challenges, strength training, and aging adults.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe foundational elements of human behavior
  • Describe which parts of the brain control which human behaviors
  • Identify the difference between adaptive behaviors and maladaptive behaviors
  • Develop a further understanding of behavior theory including the concepts of antecedents and consequences. 
  • Recognize and understand what maladaptive behaviors are and why they occur in both the aging brain and in specific illness, disease, or injury
  • Implement appropriate and successful management techniques for maladaptive behaviors specific to mental illness, disease, or injury
  • Apply learned concepts and strategies to promote person centered care through case based examples and learning assessment


5:00pm-5:15pm Chapter 1: Introduction - What is Human Behavior?
5:15pm-5:40pm Chapter 2: How Does the Brain Influence Human Behavior?
5:40pm-5:55pm Chapter 3: What do Current Diagnostic Tools Tell Us?
5:55pm-6:25pm Chapter 4: Engagement Techniques and Approaches
6:25pm-6:35pm Break
6:35pm-6:55pm Chapter 5: The Aging Brain
6:55pm-7:20pm Chapter 6: The Brain with Disease or Trauma
7:20pm-7:45pm Chapter 7: The Brain with Mental Illness
7:45pm-8:15pm Question and Answer Session