Assessment and Treatment of Pica and Other High Risk Behavior in People with Intellectual Disabilities – 5/2/19

Assessment and Treatment of Pica and Other High Risk Behavior in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Peter Sturmey

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, 05/02/19
  • Time: 6:00-9:00 pm eastern standard time

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Many behavior analysts are familiar with externalizing behavior disorders such as aggression and tantrums, but are often challenged by less frequent, but often highly challenging low frequency behavior disorders. These include pica, handmouthing, rumination, airophagia, bruxism and polydipsia. These behavior disorders are challenging because they are often maintained by automatic positive, positive reinforcement, are often seen in individuals with severe / profound cognitive disabilities and severe autism, sometimes involve management of restraint, and sometimes involve related medical conditions. This webinar will review the definition, measurement, etiology and functional analyses of these behaviors. Finally, it will go on to identify best practices in the behavior analytic treatment of these conditions.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this event participants should be able to describe:

  • The definitions of pica, handmouthing, rumination, airophagia, bruxism and polydipsia;
  • The common functional features of pica, handmouthing, rumination, airophagia, bruxism and polydipsia;
  • How to conduct functional assessments and analyses of these behaviors; and Evidence-based practices for these behaviors.


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: 3 CEs Live or Recording
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: N/A
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Presentation begins
7:30 pm: 10 minute break
7:40 pm: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
7:50 pm: Presentation resumes
8:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
9:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specialized in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He is the original resident speaker at ABAC and Chief Scientific Officer at Long Island ABA. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools during a Federal class action law. There he supervised behavioral services and Masters level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs. Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, over 60 book chapters. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxemburg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.



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