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Unveiling the Mysteries of Sleep Disorders In Children


Tue 11 Oct 2016, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Maths Lecture Theatre 1 UoA, 38 Princes Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free


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Applied behaviour analysts are helping professionals who attempt to understand environmental factors influencing behaviour problems (or skill deficits) and then rely on that information to help people redesign environments to improve important behaviours.

In this presentation, the specific process used by applied behaviour analysis for addressing sleep problems, such as taking too long to fall asleep, waking frequently at night, sleeping for only short durations each night, will be described as a means of showcasing the general activity of applied behaviour analysts. Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism and negatively impact the wellbeing of both the child and their family.

They are, however, amenable to treatment by applied behaviour analysts. Critical features of behavioural intervention for sleep problems will be described along with the bio-behavioural conceptual system that guides applied behaviour analysts when they attempt to first understand the variables influencing sleep problems and other problem behaviour (e.g., meltdowns, aggression, self-injury) and then design personalised interventions.

This talk will be delivered by Dr Greg P Hanley. Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviours of children and adults with and without disabilities for 25 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behaviour, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, and current Editor of the prestigious Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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