Addressing MH Symptoms to Prevent Challenging Behaviors

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Melissa Cheplic, MPH, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, New Brunswick, NJ; Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW, Welcome House, Inc., WestLake, OH. Many people with IDD engage in challenging behavior as a way to communicate and get their needs met. Some problem behaviors are caused by symptoms of psychiatric disorders and other mental health conditions. This session will review the complicated factors that contribute to behavior and provide strategies to help Direct Support Professionals address these challenges.