Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) sometimes means facing challenging behavior. In this course, you will learn about the causes of challenging behavior. You will also learn how you can prevent or reduce challenging behavior from the people you support. Finally, you will learn how to respond to and de-escalate challenging behavior when it does occur.
This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Preventing Challenging Behavior
A DSP's Role in Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Why Challenging Behavior Happens
Things that Play a Part in Challenging Behavior
Section 3: Responding to Challenging Behaviors
A Need for Change
Escalation and Response
Parts of a Behavior Plan
Samantha's Behavior Plan
Managing in the Moment
Responding to Jimmy’s Behavior
Section 4: Conclusion
Diane VanHusen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has over 35 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, early intervention teacher, IDD case manager, and executive director for an ICF/IID facility. She has developed and provided training on a variety of topics related to intellectual and developmental disability services.
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