What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do: Dealing With Challenging Behaviors in a Therapeutic Session Many speech-language pathologists experience students who demonstrate challenging behaviors during sessions both in the classroom and in the therapy room. Positive reinforcement and other traditional supports can ameliorate these behaviors. However, when students become used to these methods, speech-language pathologists are often at a loss and must look to other ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do: Dealing With Challenging Behaviors in a Therapeutic Session
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Article   |   January 01, 2015
What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do: Dealing With Challenging Behaviors in a Therapeutic Session
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, January 2015, Vol. 16, 11-14. doi:10.1044/sbi16.1.11
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, January 2015, Vol. 16, 11-14. doi:10.1044/sbi16.1.11

Many speech-language pathologists experience students who demonstrate challenging behaviors during sessions both in the classroom and in the therapy room. Positive reinforcement and other traditional supports can ameliorate these behaviors. However, when students become used to these methods, speech-language pathologists are often at a loss and must look to other methods to work through the challenging behaviors. Themes explored in this article include changing perspectives on “behavior,” building relationships, constructing the treatment environment, and reinforcement schedules.

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