Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W60
CE Offered: BACB
Supporting Families in Creating and Maintaining Positive Sleep Behavior Plans
Friday, May 26, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4A/B
Area: CBM/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Kathryn Holloran, M.Ed.
KATHRYN HOLLORAN (The Behaviorist Next Door)
Description: Sleep concerns are increasingly prevalent among our families. A 2019 study in the Journal Pediatrics found that sleep disturbances are more than twice as common in children with Autism and Developmental Delays. A 2003 study found that families and caregivers of children with AD/HD were five times as likely to report sleep concerns. These statistics are felt by BCBAs providing clinical care in homes, clinics, and schools across the world. In this workshop, participants will learn the overall behavioral challenges and medical comorbidities common in sleep disturbances among children. A behavioral approach to teaching children to sleep independently will be outlined, along with modifications and troubleshooting techniques. The presenter will share detailed plan templates for children in early-, intermediate- and advanced- learner stages. Strategies will be discussed around the three major areas of sleep challenges: trouble falling asleep at bedtime, trouble staying asleep, and nighttime sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleepwalking and others. The first portion of the workshop will outline general issues faced by families with kids with Autism and Developmental Delays along with other diagnoses. The second section of the workshop will explore how to engage in a Functional Behavior Assessment of specific interfering behaviors around sleep. Utilizing a Competing Pathways Model, participants will walk through Antecedent, Teaching and Consequence Strategies. Participants will receive plan templates, data sheets, progress monitoring resources and troubleshooting strategies that can be used with families in need of more, and better, sleep.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the key behavioral concerns affecting kids' sleep, and what correlations are currently being explored between specific diagnoses and sleep disturbances. 2. Apply basic antecedent strategies based on sleep-interfering behavior. 3. Create Functional Behavior Plans for many of the sleep disturbances common to neurodivergent kids.
Activities: The workshop will be a combination of lecture, small group guided practice activities, and case study video and written examples.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for beginner level practitioners.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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