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I am an occupational therapy student currently studying for the NBCOT who had the honor to learn about integrating behavioral, sensory, developmental and mindfulness strategies from Dr. John Pagano during one of my level II fieldwork placements at an adolescent psychiatric hospital. Dr. Pagano is a brilliant occupational therapist who has years of experience working with youth with complex behavioral, sensory, intellectual, mental health and/or developmental challenges. Not only does Dr. Pagano have extensive experience working with this population, he has completed comprehensive research to provide evidence-based and client-centered treatment interventions to his clients which has helped improve their functional behavior, occupational performance and independence. One of the most profound characteristics of Dr. Pagano is how much he sincerely cares for the well-being of his clients, which is clearly evident in his book FAB Functionally Alert Behavior Strategies: Integrated Behavioral, Developmental, Sensory, Mindfulness & Massage Treatment.

The FAB strategies form described within this book is a checklist with four sections: environmental adaptation, sensory modulation, positive behavioral support, and physical self-regulation. Both therapists and teachers working with youth with behavioral challenges can use the FAB strategies form to remember and plan effective treatment strategies to help the youth achieve their goals. Chapters 1-5 consist of in-depth explanations, guidelines, evidence and specific approaches that could be used in each section of the FAB strategies form. Chapter 6 provides detailed information on how therapists can use and customize the FAB strategies form to meet the individualized needs of their client as well as examples of completed FAB strategies forms used for clients with various abilities and challenges. An additional extremely useful tool described within the book is The Questions About Behavioral Function (QABF) assessment. The QABF assessment helps therapists identify the purpose of a behavior a youth is exhibiting in order to ensure the specific sensory modulation strategies being utilized for that youth is improving their occupational performance. During my 12-week fieldwork placement, I used the approaches described within the chapters of this book and witnessed the improvements in the daily functioning for all of the youth I worked with. This book is full of evidence-based and clinically significant information and would be an asset for any therapist working with children, adolescents or young adults with behavioral, sensory, developmental, intellectual and/or mental health challenges.

Marissa Siraco, OTS