USING SYNDROME-SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO DEVELOP
EFFECTIVE BEHAVIOR PLANS FOR CHILDREN WITH GENETIC
Genetic factors are known to play a major role in causing intellectual
and developmental disabilities, and many genetic conditions are
associated with specific profiles of challenging behavior. While no two
individuals with the same genetic diagnosis are identical, there are
often striking similarities in the spectrum of behavioral and cognitive
characteristics they exhibit. This presentation will provide an overview
of the ABC’s of behavior (i.e., Antecedents, Behaviors, and
Consequences); and the speaker will describe how information about
a child’s genetic diagnosis can be incorporated into the process of
functional behavior assessment to develop an effective behavior plan.
The approach will be illustrated through examples of specific genetic
conditions, and the focus will be on practical information and
strategies to support school-aged students.