People with disabilities who present behavior challenges are one of the more difficult populations to work with in schools and clinics. Direct services are often interrupted when behaviors such as aggression, noncompliance, temper tantrums, and self-injury occur. Research indicates that problem behaviors can lead to low academic achievement, poor social skills, juvenile delinquency, and limited employment opportunities. Unfortunately, research indicates most educators do not have the sufficient behavioral knowledge and skills needed to address challenging behaviors effectively. Applied behavior analysis is related to understanding why problem behaviors occur and creating intervention plans designed to address the needs of clients with challenging behaviors. The use of these behavioral technologies can decrease the incidence of these behaviors and teach more socially acceptable alternatives.
The goal of this continuing education program is to instruct speech language pathologists in the area of behavioral change. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Define and describe the science of applied behavior analysis as it relates to challenging behaviors and behavior change
- Identify the steps required to assess challenging behavior so that the function of the behavior can be identified
- Describe the process of creating a behavior intervention plan using the principles of applied behavior analysis and based on the functional behavior assessment results and evidence-based strategies to increase positive behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Tracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD, BCBA-D, works as a professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where she teaches undergraduate/graduate behavior courses in special education and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Mueller has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that relate to this educational activity.
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