Pediatric physical therapists frequently encounter children who are difficult to serve due to their “challenging” behaviors. Challenging behaviors can be frustrating as therapists generally report a lack of preparation for managing these behaviors. This session will focus on identifying the key characteristics of behavior and influences that may impact behavior during therapy sessions. Attendees will be introduced to the four main functions of human behavior and the related strategies to provide a positive, functional therapy session. Attendees will also learn how to observe and modify antecedents and consequences to behaviors to increase positive, engaged behaviors and to decrease ‘challenging’ behaviors of the children they serve.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD
Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Texas Women’s University in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kentucky. She is a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist and has worked in a variety of pediatric clinical settings over her career. Dr. Fiss’s research focuses on developmental trajectories of children with cerebral palsy and on facilitation of adaptive behaviors in young children with disabilities. The daughter of a child behavioral psychologist, Dr. Fiss has spent time and effort to understand the roll of behavior strategies to improve intervention effectiveness. She has included behavior content in her entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy pediatric course for the past decade. Dr. Fiss is the co-editor of the text, Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children, 3rd Ed., and she has published and presented widely at the national and international level.
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