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The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Aggressive and destructive behaviors are an ongoing challenge for many children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). What's behind these high-risk behaviors and how can professionals help manage them? Discover the answers in this comprehensive text, the most up-to-date compendium of knowledge on addressing challenging behaviors in the least restrictive settings using evidence-based, empirically supported practices.

With contributions from more than 30 prominent clinicians and researchers, this book gives readers cutting-edge research and clear assessment and intervention guidelines in six key topic areas:

  • Self-Injurious Behavior. Explore the behavioral and biological variables that contribute to self-injury, and learn the principles of effective function-based assessment and behavioral intervention.
  • Aggressive Behavior. Investigate environmental factors linked with aggression, take a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and therapy, and learn about treatment options such as reinforcement procedures and functional communication training.
  • Sexual Offending Behavior. Conduct reliable risk assessment for sexual offenses and consider multiple options for intervention, including the highly effective Problem-Solving Therapy (PST).
  • Health-Threatening Eating Disorders. Determine the causes of pica, ruminative vomiting, and obesity—and get strategies for decreasing destructive eating behaviors and encouraging healthful choices.
  • Criminal Behavior. Examine the latest information on people with I/DD in the criminal justice system, including demographic data, methods of screening for disabilities, and the death penalty and related legal concerns.
  • Therapeutic (Physical) Restraint. Learn from thoughtful exploration of the complex, much-debated issue of restraint. Explore what the research says, find out which strategies can help reduce or eliminate the need for restraint, and get staff training guidelines to ensure safe and ethical physical interventions in cases of emergency.

Ideal for use as a graduate-level textbook or a valuable in-service reference for psychologists, social workers, educators, and other professionals, this book represents the best and latest thinking on an issue of critical importance to people with I/DD. Professionals will come away with the knowledge and proven best practices they need to assess high-risk challenging behavior, intervene appropriately, and improve quality of life for the people they serve.


Address aggressive and destructive behaviors in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with this compendium of cutting-edge research and evidence-based, empirically supported practices.

About the Author

Craig H. Kennedy, Ph.D., BCBA, Chair, Special Education Department, and Professor of Special Education and Pediatrics, Box 328, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Dr. Kennedy is Chair of the Special Education Department and Professor of Special Education and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and is a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator. He also is Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Behavior Analysis Clinic. Dr. Kennedy received a master of science degree in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in quantitative sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Kennedy has published more than 140 scholarly works, including the book Single-Case Designs for Educational Research (Allyn and Bacon, 2005). He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.

He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Association for Behavior Analysis, Society for Neuroscience, and TASH. He also serves on the editorial boards of many highly respected peer-reviewed journals.

In 1991, Dr. Kennedy received TASH’s Alice H. Hayden Award, and in 1993, he received the B.F. Skinner New Research Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 25. He was also recognized in 2003 for his research excellence by Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Vice President, Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, May Institute, 41 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368

May Institute is a private human services and behavioral health care organization serving children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders, and medically compromised conditions. Dr. Luiselli also maintains a private practice in educational, clinical, and behavioral consultation.

Dr. Luiselli is a licensed psychologist, certified health service provider, diplomate in behavioral psychology from The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, and Indiana State University. Within the May Institute, he is Director of the Predoctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology and the Program of Professional Continuing Education.

He is active in clinical treatment, consultation, and research. In 1996 he was ranked by the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) as one of the top 50 most-published authors in the behavior analysis and therapy literature from 1974 to 1994. The journal Research in Developmental Disabilities (2000) listed him as the eighth most-published researcher in the developmental disabilities field from 1979 to 1999. He has authored more than 275 publications, including the books Behavioral Medicine and Developmental Disabilities (Springer-Verlag, 1989), Self- Injurious Behavior: Analysis, Assessment, and Treatment (Springer-Verlag, 1991), Antecedent Control: Innovative Approaches to Behavioral Support (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1998), Behavior Psychology in the Schools: Innovations in Evaluation, Support, and Consultation (The Haworth Press, 2002), Antecedent Assessment and Intervention: Supporting Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Community Settings (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2006), Effective Practices for Children with Autism: Educational and Behavio

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About the Editor

About the Contributors

Foreword Peter Sturmey


I. Self-Injurious Behavior

  1. Biological Perspectives on Self-Injury Among People with Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

    Frank J. Symons and Craig H. Kennedy

  2. Functional Behavioral Assessment and Functional Analysis of Self-Injury

    David E. Kuhn

  3. Function-Based Behavioral Intervention for Self-Injury

    Johannes Rojahn, Iser G. Deleon, Griffin W. Rooker, Michelle A. Frank-Crawford, Abbey B. Carreau-Webster, and Yanerys Leon-Enriquez

II. Aggressive Behavior

  1. Environmental Determinants of Aggressive Behavior

    Johnny L. Matson and Alison M. Kozlowski

  2. Biopsychosocial Features Influencing Aggression: A Multimodal Assessment and Therapy Approach

    William I. Gardner, Dorothy M. Griffiths, and Jeffery P. Hamelin

III. Sexual Offending Behavior

  1. Risk Assessment for Sexual Offending

    William R. Lindsay

  2. Behavior Assessment and Intervention for Sexual Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Timothy R. Vollmer, Jorge R. Reyes, and Stephen F. Walker

  3. Problem-Solving Treatment for Sexual Offending

    Christine M. Nezu, Travis A. Cos, and Arthur M. Nezu

IV. Health-Threatening Eating Disorders

  1. Behavioral Assessment and Treatment of Pica

    Louis P. Hagopian, Natalie U. Rolider, and Griffin W. Rooker

  2. Ruminative Vomiting

    Jonathan Tarbox, Amy L. Kenzer, and Michele R. Bishop

  3. Obesity and Weight Regulation

    Richard K. Fleming

V. Criminal Behavior

  1. People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

    Susan Carol Hayes

  2. The Death Penalty, the Courts, and Intellectual Disability

    J. Gregory Olley

VI. Therapeutic (Physical) Restraint

  1. Therapeutic Implementation of Physical Restraint

    James K. Luiselli

  2. Regulatory Governance of Physical Restraint in Schools

    Joseph B. Ryan and Reece L. Peterson

  3. Emergency Physical Restraint: Considerations for Staff Training and Supervision

    David B. Lennox, Mark A. Geren, and David Rourke


Product Details

Luiselli, James K. (edt)
Brookes Publishing Company
Sturmey, Peter
Luiselli, James K.
Luiselli, James
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Self-Help : General
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254 x 177.8 mm

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