Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Workshop #W17
CE Offered: None
Clinical Management of Tourettes Syndrome and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders
Friday, May 28, 2004
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Beacon E
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Douglas W. Woods, Ed.D.
DOUGLAS W. WOODS (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), MICHAEL B. HIMLE (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Description: It is well understood that Tourettes Syndrome (TS) and repetitive behavior disorders such as trichotillomania and chronic self-injurious skin picking are more common than previously believed. Unfortunately, data suggest that very few applied behavior analysts are actually familiar with these problems and their clinical management, even though these problems may cause a great deal of social, occupational, and emotional impairment. This workshop will focus on describing the complexities of TS and other repetitive behavior problems, and will describe the etiological and maintaining variables for the problems. Finally, assessment strategies will be discussed and comprehensive treatment strategies will be outlined for managing various aspects of the problems.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Recognize TS and other repetitive behavior disorders. Understand the etiological and maintaining variables of the problems. Understand the various assessment technologies for TS and other repetitive behavior disorders. Learn a variety of treatment strategies to reduce TS, repetitive behaviors, and related problems.
Activities: Through the use of videotapes and didactic presentation, participants will learn to recognize TS and repetitive behavior problems. Research will be discussed regarding the effects of various environmental variables on the exacerbation of TS and repetitive behavior problems. Through the use of didactic presentations, case demonstrations, and role-plays, participants will learn the clinical strategies necessary to manage a variety of the behavioral difficulties including tics, other repetitive behaviors, social acceptance concerns, and educational difficulties.
Audience: Individuals who are in positions where people with TS and repetitive behaviors may be contacted. Typical settings include hospitals, inpatient/outpatient clinics, schools, or universities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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