Helping Caregivers Manage The Difficult Child


About the Course 
The purpose of this basic, introductory course is to provide clinicians with tools to support parents managing challenging/defiant behaviors in their children. A child who exhibits disruptive behaviors, even a typically developing child, can cause caregiver stress, low levels of perceived parent competence and satisfaction. This can affect the quality of family life, leading to anxiety, depression, and developmental delays.

An explicit focus on behavior and behavior management is essential for anyone working with children. This course will provide practical tools and strategies that clinicians can employ to guide parents and other caregivers to help children overcome their behavioral difficulties. These tools, along with practice and support, can assist them in managing a child’s behavioral challenges so they can create nurturing relationships and a peaceful home environment.

Learning Outcomes 
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify various forms of defiant or challenging behavior 
  • List reasons children might engage in defiant behavior 
  • Recognize situations, including sensory issues that can serve as triggers for defiant behavior and impact occupational performance 
  • Choose long-term strategies that parents can use to prevent difficult behavior 
  • Choose strategies to manage difficult and challenging behavior and improve occupational performance and participation in children

About the Author/Presenter 
Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP is a parent educator, professional development instructor, and speech pathologist working with children in a school setting. Adina is the founder of Her new book Parenting Simply: Preparing Kids For Life is now available. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for speech pathologists, teachers, and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at [email protected] or check out her website at

How to Receive Credit 

  • View the entire recording which requires a 5-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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Accreditations and Approvals 

AOTA logo Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 8477. This Distance Learning-Independent is offered at 0.5 CEUs, Introductory, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.