Minimizing Challenging Behaviors (Jackson 10-2022)

Mark Strait

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AOTA CEU’s: This course is offered for 0.1 AOTA CEU’s (#Number provided upon approval,  Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery)

Challenging behaviors can be one of the most difficult parts of providing school-based intervention to children with learning differences. This presentation will cover common reasons why children demonstrate challenging behaviors within the educational setting. Through the lens of occupational therapy and sensory integrative theory, behavioral and emotional regulation will be discussed. This is a one-hour, intermediate level course designed for any school based professional working with children with learning differences.

Instructor Information

Celeste Alexander, MS, OTR/L, has 20 years of experience in the pediatric practice setting. She has spent the majority of this time in school based practice. Through her clinical work in school based intervention, she has designed training programs to promote expanded knowledge and clinical excellence in the arena of school based occupational therapy intervention. Over the last 11 years as an employee of The Stepping Stones Group, she has served in various clinical and recruitment roles. In addition to her work with The Stepping Stones Group, she is an assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator within the School of Occupational Therapy at Brenau University. Celeste’s clinical interests include sensory processing disorders in children, functional vision in school aged children and executive function skills and the learning-disabled child.

Financial Disclosure: Celeste Alexander is an employee of The Stepping Stones Group. There is no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships.
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose at this time.  

Learner Objectives

Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify most common reasons children might demonstrate challenging behaviors within the educational setting.
  2. List 3 or more sensory systems involved in emotional and behavioral regulation in children.
  3. List 3 or more types of intervention strategies that can be utilized to help children regulate emotions and resulting behaviors.