Behavior Modification With
Timothy Freeman, PhD, Child Psychologist Volume 2
Individuals with Angelman syndrome often exhibit considerable behavior
problems, which can range anywhere from running away to self-mutilation.
As with all children, behavior modification is an integral part
of the education of AS individuals. Changing bad behavior is not
just a matter of convenience; it is a crucial element in the process
of gaining independence. Behavior modification techniques can facilitate
the integration into a regular classroom, broaden the spectrum of
social activities, or create a less stressful family life. They
can help solve problems with toilet training, sleep, aggression
and other attention-getting behavior, and even assist in the training
of daily living skills.
An Intervention With Child Psychologist Timothy Freeman, Ph.D.
Running Time: 41 minutes
This film documents child psychologist Timothy Freeman's intervention
with 8-year-old Bryan. It details the various steps involved in
an intervention, including the intake with Bryan's parents, in which
the problem, the goal and the reinforcers used in the process are
established; Dr. Freeman's observation of Bryan's behaviors; and
the actual intervention with Bryan. One of Bryan's most prominent
behaviors is his mouthing, which is the most obvious long-term goal
of his therapy with Dr. Freeman
A Counseling Session With Child Psychologist Timothy Freeman,
Running Time: 22 minutes
This documentary shows a counseling session in which 7-year-old
Schayne's mother Michelle and his school aide Angela White seek
advice from child psychologist Timothy Freeman. Mrs. White's problem
with Schayne concerns his screaming at school: Schayne is often
unhappy, and his crying and screaming disrupts the class and unnerves
his teachers and his classmates. Dr. Freeman gives Mrs. White specific
instructions as to what method to use to teach Schayne how to be
quiet in class. Michelle's issue with Schayne is his sleep disorder;
his refusal to go to sleep in a room by himself keeps his mother
and father awake through half of the night. Again, Dr. Freeman gives
advice and points out various steps that Schayne's family should
take in order to help Schayne to go to sleep by himself and be quiet
through the night.
Plus 3 short video clips:
7-year-old Troy has a problem with biting others. His family talks
about this behavior problem and examples of it are shown in this
Kasey's Behaviors in School
Examples of 13-year-old Kasey's behaviors at school are shown, with
commentary from her teacher.
13-year-old Kasey's mother Lori talks about Kasey's bad behaviors
in this short clip.
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