Tag Archive: Challenging Behavior

Video of the Week: Understanding Functional Communication Training

November 1, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Understanding Functional Communication Training

In most special education settings here in the US, professionals recognize the relationship between problem behavior and communication. For the most part, we’ve gotten better at acknowledging that when people hit, yell, flop to the ground, or throw materials, there’s a reason for their behavior. And many times, the behavior is a means of communicating. How do we determine what the communicative function is? How can we help the person communicate in safer, more effective ways? In today’s featured video, Laura Ferguson, of the Kentucky Autism Training Center at the University of Louisville, addresses these questions. Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S7eIRvvoL0&list=PL2_i8EyveJe_UNsVzunszW3-Y3dEplws3  

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PrAACtical Thoughts on Challenging Behavior and Emotional Regulation from the 2016 CARD Conference

February 8, 2016 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Thoughts on Challenging Behavior and Emotional Regulation from the 2016 CARD Conference

Last month, I had an opportunity to hear Dr. Barry Prizant, Director of Childhood Communication Services and Adjunct Professor at Brown University, at the 2016 Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Conference. Many of you know Dr. Prizant as co-author of SCERTS, the Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Supports Program, and his recent book, Uniquely Human, discussed in this video. At this conference, he spoke on ‘An Emotional Regulation Approach to Preventing Problem Behavior.’ Here are some points of interest from his presentation. Dr. Prizant suggested that when someone is dysregulated, the first thing we should think about is biological factors that may be causing or exacerbating the problem. Why? Because unless we address the root of the problem, chances are slim that any behavioral, communicative, or psychological strategies will be effective in the long run.  In some cases, there is a rather straightforward solution, such as teaching our client... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Using Structure to Minimize Behavioral Challenges

December 30, 2015 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Using Structure to Minimize Behavioral Challenges

Good AAC therapy is marked by meaningful goals, well-planned instruction, and engaging activities. But for a session to be successful, interventionists also need to be able to manage any problem behaviors that threaten to derail the instruction. Many of the strategies we use to prevent or minimize these behaviors would also be helpful to parents and caregivers. In this week’s featured video, we turn to The Watson Institute in Pittsburgh. This short video is designed to help parents learn about strategies they can use to reduce problem behaviors at home, and can be a great one to share with some of our AAC families. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t13ia4_ZImY

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Video of the Week: Intro to PBS

May 27, 2015 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week - Intro to PBS

Most AAC practictioners understand and use elements of positive behavior support (PBS) in their work with people who have challenging behavior. This video, by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), provides a helpful introduction to PBS, why it is used, and some of the key components. Even if you think you know PBS, this quick video is worth a watch. Not only is it a terrific resource to share with families and teams, but you may very well pick up a few things along the way.  

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Video of the Week: Communication Supports for Problem Behavior with Dr. Pat Mirenda

May 13, 2015 by - 2 Comments

Video of the Week: Communication Supports for Problem Behavior with Dr. Pat Mirenda

Last month, it was such a great honor to host Dr. Pat Mirenda at the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). As some of you know, she was the presenter at our annual Issues in Autism Conference, and also was kind enough to record a shorter version of the presentation for the CARD eLearning site, CARD VINE. You can view that presentation below, and get the handout for it here.  

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Video of the Week: Thoughts on Functional Communication Teaching

December 28, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Thoughts on Functional Communication Teaching

“Behavior is communication.” We’ve all heard it, but knowing what to do help a learner communicate effectively in less stressful, more socially appropriate ways is a complex issue that is best addressed through teamwork and collaboration. In this video, Rob Haupt shares some basic thoughts on Functional Communication Teaching from an ABA perspectivie.

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Research Tuesday: AAC and Challenging Behavior

December 9, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Research Tuesday: AAC and Challenging Behavior

Research reviews are helpful tools for SLPs looking to implement evidence-based practices in their clinical work. In this month’s Research Tuesday post, we look at the work of Drs. Virginia Walker and Martha Snell, who conducted a meta-analysis to look at the relationship between challenging behaviors and AAC interventions. They looked at 54 different research studies with a total of 111 children and adults with AAC needs. They conducted both analytical and descriptive analyses. The research studies included participants at the emerging, prelinguistic, and multi-word levels of communication. Challenging behaviors were codes as distracting, disruptive, and/or destructive. Effect sizes were calculated using the Non-overlap of All Pairs method. Among their findings: AAC interventions reduce challenging behavior across a wide range of participants, including children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. AAC interventions were more effective with children (12 and under) than they were with adults (18 years and... [Read More...]

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On Communication and Behavior: Back to Basics

March 19, 2014 by - 4 Comments

On Communication and Behavior: Back to Basics

The other day we heard from an SLP who was supporting a child with significant communication difficulties. She contacted us because the team had hit a snag in their communication supports for this student. The student was successfully able to communicate with PECS but rarely did so. Instead, she used her body and challenging behavior to express herself most of the time. “Why does she hit when she can use her PECS book to tell us what she wants?” We’re not any more clairvoyant than you are, but we certainly had some ideas about this. Functional Communication Teaching can be very effective in helping people reduce their use of challenging behaviors in favor of more socially accepted means of communication. BUT, there are some of the basic principles that are have to be attended to when designing and implementing a set of behaviors that will replace the challenging behavior. This... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Determining the Cause of Challenging Behavior

December 15, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Determining the Cause of Challenging Behavior

In many cases, SLPs start their careers without the knowledge or experiences that prepare them to support individuals with challenging behavior. This week, we feature a video by Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center of Excellence entitled Function Matters! How to Determine Why a Student Demonstrates Problem Behavior. In this archived webinar, Dr. Carol Schall provides an overview of Functional Behavior Assessment, and discusses ways in which to use this information to build a behavior support plan. Note: You may be required to register before viewing this archived webinar. Link to video: http://www.vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/webcast.cfm/207  

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Throwback Thursday: Talk About Me 2

December 12, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

Throwback Thursday: Talk About Me 2

originally published December 13, 2012 We write about a lot of AAC strategies and we often give examples of different types of learners. Sometimes the learners we work with have more challenges than we explain. Lest you think, we do not see the really ‘challenging’ learners, we do, we really do.  For those individuals with more challenges than most, sometime we are asked, well what do a few visual supports or AAC strategies do? What difference do they make? The truthful answer is A LOT. Here are a just a few recent examples from some really amazing families. When a mom is on the phone, a young adult brings in a timer and sets it so mom will get off the phone and go sit with her. When a communication book is forgotten on an emergency trip to the dentist, drawing on a napkin is enough to keep everyone calm... [Read More...]

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