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Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?: Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention

Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?: Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention

Carolyn Murray-Slutsky

Language: English

Pages: 123

ISBN: 1602510067

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Sensory and behavior issues are often complex, intermingled, and pertinent to most clinicians who work with children. This book provides information and strategies for distinguishing between Sensory-based and non-Sensory-based behaviors, as well as intervention techniques. Topics addressed include causes of behavior, Sensory integrative dysfunction, environmental factors that impact behavior, managing challenging behaviors, and implementing Sensory diets. The case studies and worksheets included offer practical suggestions when working with children. This book will help analyze behavior in children to determine if Sensory issues exist or if it is a behavior related problem as well as identify what factors are the root cause of the problem. Laminated cards include intervention strategies for challenging behaviors.

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behaviors. If you catch them doing something right, tell them. For example: "You are so neat. Look at how you put your pencil in the correct What Behavior Do You Want to Occur? The first step to using reinforcers is to know what behavior we want to reward. We have looked at what we don't want to occur, but it is equally important to identify what we want to occur. What is an acceptable response? The behavior the child displays is his coping strategy: how the child responds to situations and

analysis involves analyzing the child's functional skills: ¦ Does the child actually possess the skills needed to complete the task at the level of independence in which it is being presented? « Does he possess all of the skills needed or only some of them? if Can he do the skill with several different people and in different contexts? Some children cannot generalize skills to perform around other people or in different environments. ¦ Does he have the sensory-motor awareness to complete the

redirected and assisted to complete minimal requirements in the activity before being allowed out of her seat and termination of the task. ¦ Behavioral strategies that may be used might include ignoring (not acknowledging the screams) while directing her to on-task behavior and rewarding immediately. Positive behavioral momentum would also be effective to get in-seat behavior in order to reward her. ¦ Sensory strategies might include allowing movement at regular intervals and as a reward to aid

objective cause, then treat the underlying sensory processing issues (refer to sensory based avoidance behaviors). Many behaviors can be extinguished or avoided simply by engineering an environment that makes problem behaviors less apt to occur. The primary goal of intervention is to create an environment for the child in which he does not need to use the behaviors. Whether the underlying cause is sensory or behavioral, environmental considerations are of great importance. Environmental

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