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DIS 210 Positive Behavior Approaches and Inclusion Support Addressing Behavioral Challenges

Course Description: This course will provide a definition of the evolving practice of positive approaches and a comprehensive review of the effective strategies of behavior to utilize when working with people with behavioral challenges. Emphasis will be placed on proactive techniques, alternatives to aversive methods and effective approaches for both individuals and groups in a variety of settings. Students will learn to conduct a functional assessment of behavior and will learn how the information is used to develop a behavior support plan. Behavior modification, maintenance of positive behavior and how direct service personnel assist with the transference of new behavior to other environments will be explored. The principles of positive reinforcement and the interpretation of reinforcement schedules will be examined.


4 credits