Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Conference set to discuss behaviors and intervention strategies

October 16, 2008

"Challenging behaviors can limit opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities...Individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers, and professionals are all invited to attend this all-day conference."

Challenging behaviors can limit opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and can range from problem behaviors in school to attempts at self injury.

The Department of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong is holding a conference that aims to provide information and practical strategies to help attendees promote positive, adaptive behavior and reduce disruptive behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers, and professionals are all invited to attend this all-day conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road in Pittsford.

“This is an opportunity for families, educators and healthcare professionals to learn more about behaviors that may initially seem difficult to comprehend,” said Susan Hetherington, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “The conference offers explanations for some behaviors as well as strategies to deal with them and ways to assess and evaluate those strategies.”

The event will begin with a keynote address called "Beyond 'Spit that Out!' — Evidence Based Approaches to Serious Pica." Pica is a medical disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are not foods. The conference will then break into four sessions, each with three conferences that attendees can choose between. The first set of conference topics discuss considering how health plays a role in problem behaviors, how schools and parents can support positive behavior and evaluating interventions. The second set highlights ways to assess and evaluate intervention strategies and discipline issues with behavior problems. Topics on treating self injury, challenging sexual behaviors, and psychopharmacology are discussed in the third session. The last session of the day, before the closing panel discussion, covers seeing behavior as communication, medical and behavioral interventions, and psychopharmacology.

Tickets are $45 for family members and students and $90 for professionals. For more information, contact Lisa Skavienski by calling (585) 275-3744 or email lisa_skavienski@urmc.rochester.edu.
 

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