Presenter: Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP
– M.Q., prior course participant
This course teaches clinicians effective and practical strategies to manage challenging and defiant behavior in their young clients. Children with difficult temperaments and those with developmental delays may have learned to express their dissatisfaction with challenging and defiant behavior like whining, anger, temper tantrums or bad language. They sometimes engage in negative behavior or “misbehave” because they do not have the necessary skills – communicative or otherwise – to make their needs known.
This course will also focus on how clinicians can educate parents on how to manage difficult behavior and avoid power struggles at home. The dynamics and techniques described in this course are intended for use with typically functioning children and those with developmental or language delays. They are not generally adequate or even appropriate for children with serious behavior conditions like oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorders.
Course is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:30:20
– S.L., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The course gave great information and examples to implement throughout sessions and everyday life." D.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Understanding the way I can approach the child and improve my listening skills - understanding what need is not being met. I liked the reasons explained why a child may be defiant and the examples of what you can do to intervene." M.E. (Mar. 2023)
"It was all really good information that will apply to a variety of my clients. Learning to use empathy to turn the situation around." A.P. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the different types of praise and the specific examples." M.H. (Feb. 2023)
"Strategies and great examples of more positive phrases. I liked the strategy: catching a child being appropriate. And repetition and varied examples." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the details/examples." D.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Lots of practical and useful information that I can use right away. Learning how to talk to students in a more specific and positive way." M.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Practical strategies for managing behaviors in therapy. I liked the use of videos, case studies, and examples." K.F. (Dec. 2022)
"The strategies of how to listen to my client's feelings and needs were helpful. Course provided many great suggestions that are easy to implement immediately in the therapy setting." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Practical therapy techniques. I liked the examples of therapy in the school setting." A.R. (Dec. 2022)
"Good strategies for preventing difficult behavior." K.P. (Dec. 2022)
"I enjoyed the different examples that happen on a day-to-day basis and how to respond appropriately. The topic I found most beneficial was how to give praise appropriately and different ways to respond using empathy." M.C. (Nov. 2022)
"Understanding the causes for defiant behaviors. Learning approaches on how to deal with these behaviors when they occur." M.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Realistic recommendations." S.D. (Nov. 2022)
"I found the examples and scripts for how to reply to a student to be helpful, in particular the wishes and fantasies, and how to respond to things that we empathize with but are not possible." E.C. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the resources to social stories and the mindfulness information. And learning to use empathy to deescalate behaviors and the specific language (words) to use in difficult situations." K.T. (Nov. 2022)
"It was a good review of basic strategies to help clients who are uncooperative. Course was well organized." K.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Understanding how children's brains work and how to implement education to parents/caregivers regarding the child's feelings and behaviors. I liked the examples provided and short videos." R.M. (Nov. 2022)
"One discussion I found beneficial was phrases for recognizing behavior without using praise (Good Job!). It was a lot of good information for managing difficult behaviors that apply to therapy but also are great reminders as a parent." R.M. (Oct. 2022)
"The personal examples and short videos from other specialists were good." S.D. (Oct. 2022)
"I really appreciated the direct examples given by the presenter on how to give empathy statements. The examples given were excellent, practical, and easy to implement. I can definitely see myself using many of these examples in my future practice as well as in my personal life." A.L. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the parts about empathy when dealing with defiant children. I also liked the videos that showed areas that were being discussed. Made it more interesting and relatable." B.M. (Oct. 2022)
"Very functional advice for clinicians and parents. Practical applications for preschoolers through high school age children." A.D. (Oct. 2022)
"The discussion about the practical strategies to alleviate defiant behavior was beneficial for my daily practice." I.B. (Oct. 2022)
"So much information, so concisely presented." M.F. (Oct. 2022)
"Good examples to help problem solve." A.R. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the breathing techniques." J.B. (Sept. 2022)
"Great strategies for managing difficult behavior." A.D. (Sept. 2022)
"Good course – practical examples." B.E. (July 2022)
"The 'in-the-moment' info was most helpful. The course was very accessible." T.H. (June 2022)
"The presentation of specific strategies for dealing with defiant behavior was helpful. I liked the specific examples given to facilitate communication with children in therapy." L.M. (May 2022)
"So many good examples. I liked discussion on how not to deny the feelings of my clients." C.L. (Apr. 2022)
"I deal with these behaviors very frequently and it is good to have this knowledge reinforced. I liked the idea/reality that children who behave negatively or in opposition do so because of other underlying causes/feelings." K.L. (Feb. 2022)
"It confirmed actions and words I already use and gave evidential support, and it provided a variety of other options for dealing with defiant children." K.L. (Feb. 2022)
"The course was very informative. I see many students with such behaviors – understanding students' behaviors, their defiant codes, and how to interpret those codes was beneficial." M.A. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the information about delivering experiential praise instead of evaluative praise." D.P. (Jan. 2022)
"It was very practical for professionals and provided ideas of how to support our parents too." C.A. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked all of the examples and words to use with children who are being defiant or uncooperative. It was also helpful to learn that children can have trouble shifting cognitive sets and that is why transitions are hard. As well as, learning that children are not "out to get you" or trying to manipulate you, but rather, the demands placed on them might be too much. I like the idea of reflecting back their feelings, and I learned concrete ways of empathizing. This course was very helpful, and I learned a lot. Thank you for making it available." A.C. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked all of the actual real-world examples. I liked how it can be taught to parents and used in my own parenting. Course was very practical and is something I can apply immediately to my own life as well as my therapy sessions." M.Q. (Dec. 2021)
"Various strategies to use to prevent and decrease defiant behavior in children was beneficial. This course provided many real life examples of how we can respond better in situations where we sometimes can verbally respond to a child without being mindful. I loved various strategies to use and that can be helpful for the parents of our clients." S.Z. (Sept. 2021)
"I learned how to respond to the code language that children use." T.N. (Aug. 2021)
"The most beneficial information was the multitude of phrases and ways of interacting with students to diffuse their anger and need to be confrontational. These will be useful on a daily basis. I also thought it was important to realize that these students get caught in a defiant pattern and its easy for them to get stuck in this cycle and not find their way out of it. It was easy to follow along with and interesting to listen to. The videos were a nice addition. I feel that the suggestions will be useful for a wide range of students, from those who are mildly uncooperative to those who are persistently defiant." A.K. (Aug. 2021)
"This course was concise and followed outline." C.K. (Aug. 2021)
"Learning about executive functioning in defiant children will be beneficial to my daily practice. The course was easy to follow." L.S. (Jul. 2021)
"How to use positive self-talk in the moment will be beneficial for my practice. This course really addressed the same type of issues I encounter on a daily basis for a handful of students." S.L. (Jul. 2021)
"The suggestions for how to work with defiant behavior, which was not only for the clinician, but the parent as well." K.R. (May 2021)
"I enjoyed the specific activities and responses to support behavior and encourage solutions." M.S. (May 2021)
"The Nurtured Heart Approach" video and discussion around using this technique in the classroom were fantastic. I think there are so many benefits to this and can't wait to begin using these strategies in my daily practice.” A.O. (Jan. 2021)
“I loved the sections about teaching clients to problem-solve and active listening. These ideas can be easily incorporated into my daily practice. The speaker was very engaging and provided real-life examples to apply. I would like to hear from this speaker again for further discussion on problem-solving and dealing with defiant behaviors.” J.S. (Jan. 2021)
1. Identify various forms of defiant or challenging behavior.
2. List reasons why children might engage in defiant behavior.
3. Explain how executive function skill deficits can lead to challenging behavior.
4. Describe five situations that can serve as triggers for defiant behavior.
5. Identify strategies clinicians and parents can use to manage difficult behavior.
6. Identify interventions that can be used to help manage executive function deficits.
7. List ways clinicians and parents can avoid and defuse power struggles.
8. Identify strategies for freeing children from their defiant roles.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course
approval #32218. This eCourse is
offered at 0.35 CEUs, educational level
Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Performance Skills: Emotional Regulation Skills, Cognitive Skills, Communication and Social Skills
2. OT Process: Intervention;Â Implementation of Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval #32218. This eCourse is offered at 0.35 CEUs, educational level Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Performance Skills: Emotional Regulation Skills, Cognitive Skills, Communication and Social Skills 2. OT Process: Intervention;Â Implementation of Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Parent Educator, Professional Development Instructor and Speech-Language Pathologist working with children in a school setting. She received her B.A. in history from Queens College and her M.S. in communication sciences from Hunter College. Adina is the founder of ParentingSimply.com. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for Speech-Language Pathologists, teachers and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at email@example.com or check out her website at www.parentingsimply.com.
Financial — Adina Soclof is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Adina Soclof has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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