Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Behavior Intervention for Families

This program is an organized way for parents to learn how to teach their child positive behaviors and reduce how often challenging behaviors occur.

This, in turn, may improve a child’s ability to participate in family, school and community activities

Behavioral Improvements

Are there behaviors that you would like to help your child change and improve?

  • Following directions?
  • Tantrums?
  • Getting along better with siblings?
  • Mealtime behavior?
  • Sleep problems?
  • Going places in the community?

Many children with developmental delays have behavior challenges. Often, parenting strategies used with other children do not work as well.

Who Might Benefit From This Program

  • Children ages 2 to 8 years of age with with developmental delays, developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and behavior challenges
  • Parents or caregivers who can regularly attend sessions, complete home assignments, & make changes in their parenting practices

Who Will Not Benefit From This Program

This Program is not appropriate for children with:

  • Primary diagnoses of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, or other mental health problems
  • No history of developmental delay
  • Serious aggression toward others
  • Serious self-injurious behavior

The Program Includes

  • A behavioral assessment in which the parent and child meet with a behavior specialist.
  • 6-12 sessions where parents meet with a therapist to learn behavior strategies.
  • Between session assignments where parents practice what they have learned and monitor their child’s behavior.

Session Topics Include

  • General behavior principles
  • Teaching child to follow instructions
  • Preventing difficult behavior
  • Schedules and visual supports
  • Ignoring and consequences
  • Teaching new behaviors

Costs Involved

This program may be covered by insurance, grant funding, or self-pay. Some children may be eligible for participation in parent training research projects. The team will work with families to identify the best sources of funding for each individual child and family.

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Golisano Children’s Hospital
Box 671
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 275-2986
Fax: (585) 275-3366

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