Presentation Title

Prevention and Replacement of Challenging Behaviors in Young Children (OPEN)

Brief Biography

Allison O’Hara is a Behavior Specialist in the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She received her Specialist in Education and her Master of Science degrees in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, also completing graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her specific interests include application of behavior analytic, positive behavior support, and counseling services for children with developmental disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. Allison currently works providing parent training and support for families of children with ASD across Georgia, as well as, educational consultation services.

As a Behavioral Specialist, Breanna works with individuals, families, agencies and school systems to assist with individualized positive behavior support initiatives, behavior support consultation, and staff training.

Breanna is a licensed Master Social Worker and is working on a Masters with a focus on behavior analysis. Breanna is a former trainee of the Georgia Leadership & Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND); an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates, and family members housed in the Center for Leadership in Disability. She has experience in working with individuals living with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses, behavioral health therapy, street based research, and HIV/AIDS.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Breanna Kelly, LMSW

Allison O'Hara, EdS

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will provide caregivers, teachers, and therapists of young children with a function-based planning tool for use in developing a plan of action for frequent child behavior problems. Through the use of the Brief Behavior Questionnaire and Intervention Plan (BBQuIP) tool, attendees will be able to better understand what a child is communicating through his or her behavior, and to devise strategies in order to prevent and replace target behaviors by teaching the child function-specific skills. Participants will leave will leave the workshop with a behavior intervention plan and additional resources.

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Prevention and Replacement of Challenging Behaviors in Young Children (OPEN)

This presentation will provide caregivers, teachers, and therapists of young children with a function-based planning tool for use in developing a plan of action for frequent child behavior problems. Through the use of the Brief Behavior Questionnaire and Intervention Plan (BBQuIP) tool, attendees will be able to better understand what a child is communicating through his or her behavior, and to devise strategies in order to prevent and replace target behaviors by teaching the child function-specific skills. Participants will leave will leave the workshop with a behavior intervention plan and additional resources.