(Gently) Dealing with Difficult Behavior
November 15, 2017 –
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Chapel, Bureau of Developmental Services
This workshop will present the first in the series of events beginning with an overview of the issue of “problem behavior” for children and adults within the field of developmental disabilities. It is important to first frame this issue with understandings of the larger societal and human service contexts - why someone with a disability might come to have a reputation for being "difficult"
Drawing from the work of Herb Lovett, Wolf Wolfensberger, John O’Brien, John McGee and Stephen Covey, et al Yeiter puts forth a compelling case for seeing behavior as communication and the need to listen with a critical ear to what the individual might be saying. The workshop will include some lecture, video, group exercises and discussion to prompt some alternative perspectives e.g., liberation vs. treatment.