Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Smart and Sensitive Parenting Program (SSPP): Teaching Parents How to Effectively Deal with Their Children's Behavioral Difficulties
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Centennial Ballroom III
Area: DDA; Domain: Basic Research
CE Instructor: Amos E. Rolider, Ph.D.
AMOS E. ROLIDER (Emek Yezreel College, Israel), ROBYN M. CATAGNUS (Clarity Behavioral Consulting)
Description: In this workshop, a parent consultation model entitled The Smart and Sensitive Parenting Program (SSPP) will be presented. This model emphasizes teaching parents to rearrange significant context variables and to discover the antecedents and functions of their childrens most burdensome behaviors. Parents subsequently learn to identify the function of their own responses to their childrens inappropriate behaviors and are trained to select and apply simple and effective interventions based on the discovery of antecedents and maintaining consequences.
Learning Objectives: The following will be discussed learned and demonstrated: 1. Identifying behaviors and typical parental responses associated with: a. The termination of a preferred activity of reinforcer. b. Refusal or inability to provide a preferred activity or reinforcer. c. Demand situations d. Transition from preferred activity to non-preferred activity e. Elicited emotional outbursts 2. The importance of preparing an established weekly schedule and set of expectations, and the role of: a. The weekly family meeting b. The daily family meeting 3. Preparing children for antecedents in the form of difficult situations. 4. Selecting an appropriate response based on the function of the inappropriate behavior. 5. Selecting an appropriate motivational program based on DRO/DRA.
Activities: We will practice using the model to deal with children's most common inappropriate behaviors: a. Bickering and refusal b. Tantrums and aggression c. Over-dependence d. School-related problems e. Other problems at the participants' requests
Audience: Practitioners who work with or are interested in working with parents of children who exhibit a variety of behavioral issues
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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