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Preventing Problem Behaviour: An Emotional Regulation Relationship-Based Approach

Facilitator(s): Barry Prizant
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1May 19, 2020 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2May 20, 2020 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton)
16615 109 Avenue NW
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Course code: 20-IE-046

Target Audience

Educators and therapists working with children in Early Intervention, preschool and school settings, parents, social workers, psychologists and administrators

About this learning opportunity

Problem behaviors remain one of the most difficult and stressful challenges for practitioners, parents and persons on the autism spectrum and with related neurodevelopmental disabilities. When such patterns of behavior are present, they not only challenge parents and professionals, but prevent learning and active participation in activities, and hinder the development of relationships with peers and adults. Progress has been made over the past two decades with the introduction of positive and preventive approaches to problem behavior. However, practices following a behavior management approach remain constrained, as they have not yet infused a developmental and relationship-based perspective that focuses on enhancing children’s emotional regulatory abilities, and developing positive, trusting relationships with others. The most recent research in infant and child development and specific developmental disabilities such as autism, has documented the need to go beyond behaviorally-oriented approaches by incorporating developmental, emotional regulatory and relationship-based dimensions. In this presentation, a “Bio-Psycho-Social” perspective will be presented that considers the interaction of physiological issues, cognitive and social-environmental issues. Participants will learn about practical, respectful and innovative ways to assess, prevent and support a person with problem behaviors, and to design learning environments, supports and activities that enhance the ability to stay well-regulated emotionally, to maximize learning, social participation and relationships in everyday activities and routines.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to apply

  1. An alternative emotional regulatory perspective to understanding problem behaviors for persons with ASD
  2. Universal principles of preventing and responding to problem behavior.
  3. Specific strategies to prevent and respond to problem behaviors.

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the facilitator(s)

Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 45 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD. He is an Adjunct Professor, Brown University and Director, Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Publications include The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach now implemented in more than a dozen countries, two edited books and 130 scholarly chapters and articles. Barry has presented more than 800 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, including two invited presentations (2013, 2017) at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day. He continues to consult for school districts and families. Honors include 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (their highest honor), 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in ASD, and 2013 Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP. His recent book is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015) is translated into 15 languages and is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s 2017 “Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary work in autism”.