Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Mary Lou Bastiao, MS SPED & Rachel Berkowitz, MS Ed., LBA, BCBA
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, OTs, School Leaders, Level III Teaching Assts.
How often do you observe/hear about a power struggle between a parent/teacher and a child? How often does the adult say that they MUST address the behavior or the child will never learn what they did wrong? Often educators and parents feel they need to address children's behaviors by verbally explaining what the child did wrong or providing them with a reprimand. However, for behaviors that serve an attention-seeking function, providing verbal explanations or reprimand is fulfilling a need of the parent/teacher and not addressing the behavior in an appropriate manner. Attention is provided naturally through words, gestures, body language, eye contact, and facial expressions; therefore it is difficult for the adult to remove all attention. This presentation will focus on identifying the topography of attention seeking behavior, analyzing this function of behavior from the eyes of a behaviorist, looking at the maintaining variables, and discussing strategies that help to extinguish the behavior without engaging in a power struggle.