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Assessing and Treating Challenging Behavior During Bedtime Routine
by: Charlene Gervais, M.ADS, BCBA

Assessing and Treating Challenging Behavior During Bedtime Routine


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Information Sources

The information and observation for the assessment and baseline were obtained from the client’s mother and father. The parents completed a Functional Assessment Interview (FAI) and the Parental Interactive Bedtime Behavior Scale (PIBBS). Direct observations of the client were conducted by the mother for 5 nights and the father for 2 nights.


Reason for Referral

*Adam has been sleeping in his own bed for the past 1.5 years. Both parents have reported an increase in maladaptive behaviors at bedtime, such as tantrums, getting out of bed and making repeated requests for items and activities. These behaviors are significant because they occur frequently and have been affecting the child’s sleep. Furthermore, the mother whom is primarily responsible for putting the child to bed has reported an increased level of stress. *Adam’s parents are concerned with the increase in maladaptive behaviors at bedtime since *Adam is usually a compliant child. Both parents expressed that they would like to see a decrease in maladaptive behaviors at bedtime and an increase time spent in bed until he falls asleep.


Background Information/History

*Adam is a typically developing 3.5 year old male. He lives at home with his mother, father and 1 year old brother. He has a close relationship with his mother, father, brother as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Both parents have indicated that he is well behaved aside from an occasional tantrum or noncompliant behavior.  *Adam has been attending preschool 5 mornings a week since September 2008. He has a good relationship with his teachers and peers. He presents strong social and play skills and actively participates in most activities. His teachers indicate that he has difficulty with new activities and changes in routine.

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