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2-Day: Treating Complex and Challenging Behaviors in Severely Dysregulated Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
DVD Video
$439.99 USD
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DVD Video - 8+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Rehab
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  1. Apply the latest research on effective strategies for the treatment of children/adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and PTSD.
  2. Assess and differentiate sensory integration and behavioral challenges in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  3. Apply the assessment of sensory integration and behavioral problems to develop objective goals and apply appropriate intervention strategies addressing individual behavioral and/or sensory integration challenges.
  4. Interpret and integrate sensory, preference, and behavior function assessments to improve learning and behavior.
  5. Determine the most problematic environmental and body triggers for each child and the most effective coping strategies to promote self-regulation.
  6. Manage sensory overload and self-injurious behaviors through a multi-disciplinary approach of positive behavior techniques and sensory modulation strategies.
  7. Use sensory, mindfulness, and trauma-informed care to improve relationships and social skills.
  8. Employ fun movement strategies and role-playing games to help children/adolescents understand and manage feelings and develop social skills.
  9. Implement strategies to improve frustration tolerance and decrease physical and verbal aggression during individual and group treatment sessions.
  10. Integrate pressure touch, environmental adaptation, and oral sensory strategies to promote self-control and calm that are effective in the clinic, classroom, or at home.
  11. Develop individualized visual supports that orient children/adolescents to their daily schedules and classroom expectations.
  12. Implement strategies to help children/adolescents modulate their arousal levels to decrease self-injurious behavior and suicidal ideation.
Neuropsychology: How Unique Brain Differences Guide Treatment
  • Latest research on effective treatment strategies
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities, ASD, and PTSD
  • Manage comorbid disorders and symptoms
  • How to get children/adolescents to pay attention
Assessment: Combine Observation with Standardized Tools
  • Identify the primary reason for a challenging behavior
  • Assess sensory modulation and preferences
  • Find youth’s major interests and reinforcers
  • Write reports that parents and other professionals will read
Take Your Intervention to The Next Level!!!
  • Effectively intervene when the youth first begin feeling upset
  • Engaging activities to improve behavior
  • Teach self-awareness of triggers and arousal level
  • Manage the environment to limit and anticipate triggers
  • Case Study: Adaptations to manage behavior in a Head Start Class
Manage Sensory Overload and Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Reduce visual, auditory, and tactile distractions
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis using Pivotal Response Training
  • Positive Behavioral Support and FAB Turtle
  • Develop a sensory coping area
  • Strategies for combined sensory sensitivity and trauma disorders
  • Minimize self-injurious behavior
  • Sensory emphasis of learning activities
  • Case Study: Therapy ball activities to calm an 18-year old with ASD & Intellectual Disabilities
Improve Relationships with Sensory, Mindfulness, & Trauma-Informed Care
  • Integrate trauma-informed care into all activities
  • Match mindfulness strategies to attention and arousal levels
  • Inclusion with integrated class, small group, and individual sessions
  • Sensory strategies to improve learning and behavior
  • Activities to match interest and developmental level
Improve Social Skills
  • Teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities
  • Fun movement strategies to help children understand and manage feelings
  • Movement breaks that improve behavior
  • Role-playing games and anti-bullying techniques
Decrease Physical, Verbal, and Other Misbehaviors
  • Improve relationships through positive interactions
  • Decrease verbal and physical aggression
  • Avoid or minimize conflicts
  • Developmentally teach frustration tolerance and reinforce appropriate actions
  • Case Study: Individualized activity programs for adolescents with anxiety, ODD, ASD, sensory over-sensitivity, and physical aggression
Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Conditioning to calm children with intellectual disabilities
  • Individualized activity program for a child you work with
  • Fidgets, head phones, and adaptive equipment
  • Visual supports to teach schedule, routines, and rules
  • Touch for calming and improving relationships
  • Case Study: Pressure touch for calming a 3 and 8-year old with ASD
Reduce Depressive Symptoms
  • Activities to increase arousal level
  • Help children recognize their need for help in avoiding aggression
  • Reduce and challenge depressive thoughts using art
  • Decrease self-injurious behavior and suicidal ideation
  • Energy wheels of activities for improved mental health


John Pagano, Ph.D., OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in treating children, adolescents and young adults with developmental, severe behavioral and sensory integration problems in NICU, birth-to-three, sensory integration clinic, pre-school, school, group home, and adolescent psychiatric hospital settings. He is the owner of Pagano FAB Strategies, LLC, which provides proven approaches that simultaneously address inappropriate behavior as part of therapy, teaching and parenting. Dr. Pagano currently is the occupational therapist at an adolescent psychiatric hospital and school and is part-time faculty in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. He integrates sensory processing, mindfulness, positive behavioral support strategies, and massage strategies to help youngsters with complex behavioral, mental health, developmental, intellectual and sensory processing challenges.

Dr. Pagano has a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy, M.S. in Special Education and B.S. in Occupational Therapy. He has certifications in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Movement-Based Learning, QST Massage for Autism, as well as being an instructor in Positive Behavioral Support.

Dr. Pagano presents workshops internationally to occupational, speech-language, physical, and mental health therapists as well as educators on improving self-regulation in youth with complex, behavioral, developmental, cognitive, and sensory processing challenges. He is the author of FAB Functionally Alert Behavior Strategies: Integrated Behavioral, Developmental, Sensory, Mindfulness & Massage Treatment (Pagano FAB Strategies, LLC).
Continuing Education Credits

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children 3-21 Years of Age