Association for Behavior Analysis International

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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details


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Workshop #W54
CE Offered: None
Advances in Treating Children with Habit Disorders, Motor and Vocal Tics, Tourettes Syndrome, and Stuttering Using the Habit Reversal and Regulated Breathing Treatment Procedures
Saturday, May 29, 2004
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Beacon G
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: R. Gregory Nunn, Ph.D.
R. GREGORY NUNN (National University and San Diego City Schools)
Description: Maladaptive and undesirable habits, tics, Tourettes Syndrome (TS), and stuttering are extremely common problems which can seriously affect the personal relationships and self-esteem of individuals who suffer from them. Because these problems can cause acute psychological distress, many different types of treatments for them have been developed. Habit reversal is a behavioral treatment approach which has proven to be an effective, general treatment for habits and tics including TS (Azrin & Nunn, 1973; Azrin & Nunn, 1977; Nunn, 1978; Azrin, Nunn & Frantz, 1980; Azrin & Peterson, 1988a; Finney, Rapoff, Hall, & Christopherson, 1983; Franco, 1981; Zikis, 1983: Miltenberger, 2001).
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Identify and diagnose children with maladaptive habits, tics, TS, and stuttering. Describe the various theoretical rationales that have spawned the many treatments for these types of problems. Develop treatments for children using the habit reversal and regulated breathing treatment procedures. Identify common pitfalls of treatment and ways of overcoming them.
Activities: We will discuss the identification, nature, and treatment of children and adolescents with these type of problems. Specifically we will cover the diagnosis and treatment of individuals using the habit reversal and regulated breathing treatment procedures of Azrin and Nunn as well as treatment variations that have evolved from their original work. Case studies are included where possible, and workshop participants are strongly encouraged to provide input.
Audience: All practitioners, educators, and other professionals working with children and adolescents presenting with these types of problems.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic

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