Sandra Brown, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, BCBA, CAS

Sandra Brown has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Brooks Rehabilitation; Honorarium and does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Location:
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital – University Campus
3599 University Blvd South
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

Course Description: 
All children exhibit behaviors that are not always desirable or socially appropriate. When a child has a disability or condition, they routinely receive specialized therapy to support their development and participation in daily routines. The activities expected of a child during this care are oftentimes difficult or demanding, so an increase in challenging behaviors can be expected. This course will focus on how to identify and manage these behavioral reactions and responses when they occur during routine healthcare.

Course Objectives: 

  • Identify various challenging behaviors demonstrated by children.
  • Define the basic functions of challenging behaviors.
  • Interpret the link between what behaviors are shown and why children exhibit challenging behaviors in response to specialized care.
  • List various approaches used to address challenging behaviors and consider how to integrate into current practice.
  • Describe treatment approaches that utilize behavioral strategies to facilitate a child’s participation in specialized care and daily activity.

Course Education Level: Introductory

Intended Audience:
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), and Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) designations.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email and we will be happy to help clarify!

Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 8 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

This course has been approved for 7 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.

If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Full course attendance (including signing the attendance sheet each day), performance demonstrations and question and answer session.

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.

Timed Agenda
8:30 – 10:15 Background: What is Behavior? Why do children demonstrate behaviors? What are practitioners currently doing to address behaviors?
10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 12:30 Review of the theoretical foundation and best practices in managing behaviors. Presentation of the evidence to guide behavioral practices and strategies specific to clinical practice.
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30 – 3:00 Case presentations, discussions, and collaborations from a discipline-specific and multidisciplinary approach.
3:00 – 3:15 BREAK
3:15 – 5:00 Bringing it all together: Managing challenging behaviors to support a child’s performance and maximize therapy outcomes.