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Path #3: Understanding Behavior

This learning path provides a context for how social emotional development can influence behavior. Topics include understanding child behaviors, how challenging behaviors may manifest themselves in daily routines, and how to implement behavior management tools that are effective and supportive of the child.

To get credit for this learning path, you must complete the 5 activities below, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge. Once you have completed the learning path and scored at least 80% on the quiz, you will have access to a certificate of completion.

Total time to complete the learning path: 3.25 hours


Activity 1
Watch the video, Diving Deeper to Understand Behavior (VEIPD, runtime 1 hr 28 minutes)

This archived webinar is an adaption from the Zero to Three: The Growing Brain curriculum. Information includes the “Five R’s of healthy brain development,” three factors that impact behavior, and effective strategies for managing challenging behavior.

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Activity 2
Read the blog post, Using Baby Steps to Address Challenging Behaviors during Real Routines (EI Strategies for Success)

This blog post provides early interventionists with a sample scenario of a family working through behavioral challenges within the context of their daily routines. It offers insight on how to identify behavioral motivations and unpack strategies for creating intervention to influence behavioral changes.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above to access the blog post. Read the article. Reflect and comment on the question at the end of the blog post.


Activity 3
Read the article, When Big Emotions Bring Big Challenges (Reach Children’s Services)

This article introduces the concepts of reflection, scaffolding, wait-watch, and reinforcement to create intervention strategies for challenging behaviors.

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Activity 4
Watch the video, Pyramid Model Overview (The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations, runtime 8:59)

This video introduces the Pyramid Model as an evidence-based tool for supporting children’s social and emotional health.

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Activity 5
Listen to the podcast, Beyond Just Behavior: Using The Brain Body Connection (Raising Good Humans, runtime 48:18)

This podcast featuring Dr. Mona Delahooke explains how the autonomic nervous system impacts regulation. Dr. Delahooke introduces the connection between a child’s physiological platform and the brain. These connections are often demonstrated through external behaviors that challenge parents and professionals.

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Complete the Quiz

You must achieve a score of at least 80% on the quiz to receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will document 3.25 professional development (PD) hours.


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