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Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities A Step-By-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers

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Book - Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities A Step-By-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers

by: Pamela Lewis

About the author:

Pamela Lewis is a psychologist based at the Clinical Services Unit, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-809-2

Year: 2005

Publication Info: 160pp


Achieving good behavior and social skills in a child with developmental disabilities can often be very difficult, and methods that improve behavior in other children are often unsuitable or ineffective. Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities is an accessible workbook designed specifically for parents of children with developmental disabilities.

It offers practical, hands-on advice and step-by-step instructions for drawing up and implementing behavior plans that successfully address and improve challenging behaviors. The book is also full of interactive checklists and activities that help to monitor and assess behaviors and track a child’s development. The author also explains the reasons for children’s behaviors and gives a wealth of practical advice on how to deal with specific situations, from shopping trips and getting a haircut to dentist appointments and children’s birthday parties.

Primarily for parents and carers of children with developmental disabilities, this book will also be of use to teachers, school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech/language therapists, social workers and anyone working with children with developmental disabilities.



1. Introduction. I Starting out. 2. Believe you can. 3. Medical factors. 4. Identify/Create your support network. 5. Overview. II Understand your child’s developmental levels. 6. Developmental levels. III Target and define behavior. 7. Go through a typical day. 8. Define the behavior. 9. Agree on a prioritized list of troubling behaviors. IV Functions of behavior. 10. Identify the function of the behavior. V Create a behaviour plan. 11. Antecedents and consequences. 12. Look for patterns. 13. Identify the function of the behavior. 14. Use rewards! 15. Create a behavior plan (1): reducing setting events, communication, structure, and choice. 16. Create a behavior plan (2): rewarding desirable behaviors. 17. Create a behavior plan (3): contingencies for negative behaviors. 18. Summarize your behavior plan. 19. Conclusion. VI Strategies for common challenges. Appendix 1: Reward/reinforcer survey. Appendix 2: Resources for autism and learning disabilities. Index.



This short book, Achieving the Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers, covers a wealth of information. The focus is practical, individualized and proactive. The tone is appropriately gentle and supportive. It is clear and directive without either using jargon or belittling the audience by being simplistic. The workbook format is very well-paced and user-friendly, consisting of brief explanatory text followed by thorough, hands-on structured questionnaires. The progression of ideas is logical and simple to follow, without overwhelming the reader. Different bases are covered very systemically and thoroughly, from ruling out medical problems to identifying community supports. References are provided when a more in-depth explanation would be beyond the scope of the book (e.g., regarding problems with sleeping).


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