Today we are going to look at interpreting the behavior and understanding why the behavior happens. I really feel that you cannot provide strategies and support if you do not first look at the "why" and the critical components of the challenging behavior. The next seminar, seminar #3, is a two-hour seminar and we are going to look at strategies and ideas on how to help and teach children replacement skills for the challenging behaviors. The last one is looking at implementing visual supports and multimedia.
Changing Perception of Challenging Behavior
When you are thinking about challenging behaviors, the first thing is that you have to change perception about challenging behaviors. I find that most of the occupational therapists and speech pathologists get this concept. However this is a point of which I really have to convince teachers. They really have to change their perception about how they are looking at behavior. Hopefully you can take the information I am giving you today and help change the perception of behavior by teachers, parents or whomever might be working with these children on a daily basis.
I thought this was really cute. “Statistically drooling is only cute for the first six months. After that we will have to start screaming in public to get any kind of attention.”