Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W59
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Pediatric Sleeplessness: Identification and Intervention
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Stevens 5 (Lower Level)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Robert W. Montgomery, Ph.D.
ROBERT W. MONTGOMERY (Reinforcement Unlimited), JASON T. CAVIN (The Learning Tree, Inc.)
Description: Pediatric sleeplessness and sleep disruptions are among the most common concerns of parents. Excessive sleepiness in a child is a symptom that is often underrecognized and misinterpreted, but when left untreated can lead to serious behavioral, academic, developmental, and medical consequences. Pediatric sleeplessness is widely prevalent and often behaviorally based. Research supports that pediatric sleeplessness can be treated effectively with nonpharmacologic interventions. This workshop will review the nature of sleep and sleep disruption (including common pediatric sleep disorders), and introduce the participant to behavioral treatment strategies (e.g., extinction, parent education, positive routines, sleep hygiene). Finally, behavioral interventions for children with special needs will be discussed (i.e., developmental disabilities, ADHD, and mood disorders).
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: - Recognize the three main types of sleep disruption. - Analyze the environment, in light of the research, in order to maximize the potential for restful sleep. - Describe the most common behavioral mistakes made during sleep preparation and list research supported sleep preparation habits that increase the likelihood of productive sleep. - Have criteria for when to refer those with sleep disruption for medical evaluation.
Activities: Didactic and interactive discussion will be conducted throughout the session. Participants are encouraged to come with questions and case examples as an interactive session will be included.
Audience: BCBAs, BCABAs, consultants, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in how sleep impacts behavior and how to improve the sleep of children and adolescents.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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