Available on-demand

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical strategies to manage challenging and defiant behavior in their young clients. The course will also focus on how clinicians can educate parents on how to manage difficult behavior and avoid power struggles at home. The dynamics and techniques described in this course are intended for use with typically functioning children and those with developmental or language delays. They are not generally adequate or even appropriate for children with serious behavior conditions like oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorders.

This course is applicable to:

This course is applicable to SLPs, OTs, PTs, and teachers working with children aged pre-school through middle school.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify various forms of defiant or challenging behavior.

  • Describe five situations that can serve as triggers for defiant behavior

  • Implement 19 strategies to manage difficult behavior

  • Coach parents and teachers to support and free children from their defiant roles.

Course Sections

  • The Sound of Defiant Behavior

  • What are the Causes of Defiant Behavior

  • Triggers of Defiant Behavior

  • Understanding difficult behaviors in ELL students

  • Understanding difficult behaviors

  • 17 Strategies to Manage Difficult Behavior

  • Interventions to Manage Executive Function Deficits

  • Avoiding Power Struggles

  • Freeing Children from Defiant Roles

Instructional Methodology

This is a text based course with a review and quiz at the end.

Presenter Biography:

Adina Soclof, M.S, CCC-SLP

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, received her master’s degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She worked as a Speech Pathologist in preschools for the developmentally disabled in the New York school system before staying home full time with her family. Adina also runs workshops based on "How to Talk so Kids can Learn: At Home and at School" for teachers and other mental health professionals. She has been featured at numerous non-profit organizations and private schools in Cleveland. She lives with her husband and four lively children in Cleveland, Ohio.


Financial: Adina receives royalties for the sales of this course. She is the owner and founder of the blog


Non-Financial: There are no relevant non-financial disclosures at this time.

Course Completion Requirements:

For 0.3 ASHA CEUs, 3 CTLE contact hours

Satisfactory completion of the course and the earning of .3 ASHA CEUs/ 3 CTLE contact hours is based on your viewing the entire text-based course, and scoring 80% or above on a 10 question quiz, and your timely submission of a completed ASHA bubble sheet.

For 3 Credits/ Clock hours

A certificate of completion will be awarded to you after you view the text course in it's entirety and score 80% or higher on the 10 question quiz at the end. Download and print your certificate. For NYSED, CTLE contact hours download the NYSED form at the end of the course. With any questions please email us at [email protected]
Earn 0.3 ASHA CEUs

Refund Policy for text based courses:

TheraSmart will provide a refund for text-based courses if they are requested within 24 hour of course purchase. No credit is available for refunded courses.

Complaint Policy:

We do our best to address your concerns. Any complaints or grievances must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please include the name, address, phone number, email, profession of person submitting the complaint or grievance, the title of the CE course, as well as the exact nature of the complaint/grievance. The CEA (continuing education administrator) will make an effort to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the complainant. This may include issuance of a credit for another CE course or other action suitable to all parties.

Special Needs:

Please indicate any special needs you may have at least 14 days prior to the event by calling or email us. We will try our best to accommodate your needs. This course is applicable to SLPs, SLP assistants, special educators, and teachers.

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For questions or concerns you can reach us by email, text, or phone. Our email address is [email protected]. We can also be reached by text/phone at 305.725.0747.