#45 - Self Injurious Behavior

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Dr. Lauren Moskowitz, of St John’s University, is known for her work with self injurious behavior. In this episode, she helps us understand why SIB is happening and discusses ABA as a method of treatment, including finding reinforcers that work.

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  • Dr. Moskowitz sees three common causes on self injurious behavior. She tells us what those causes are.
  • Most self injurious behavior is long standing and does not go away easily. 
  • Contributors often are sensory or environmental or can become a mix of both.
  • Figuring out the "why" of an SIB is the hardest part. We discuss clinical and practical ways to get at the "why".
  • Teaching avenues of communication are often the most effective in treating SIB and sensory reasons are the most challenging to treat.
  • Even if the "why" of an SIB is unknown, there are still behavioral interventions that can be used.
  • Often the best reinforcers are random and even weird. We discuss how to uncover new reinforcement ideas to use in behavioral techniques.
  • Dr Moskowitz gives her input on pharmaceuticals. 
  • Links to Suggested Resources: 

Association for Positive Behavior Support

Florida Positive Behavior & Intervention Support Project

Kansas Positive Support  

Positive Behavior Support by Meme Hieneman & Mark Durand

Optimistic Parenting by Mark Durand

Helping Parents with Challenging Children by Meme Heineman & Mark Durand

Webinar by our guest, Dr. Moskowitz

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