Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W26
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies in an Educational Setting for Students With ASD
Friday, May 22, 2015
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
214B (CC)
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Morten Haugland, Ph.D.
MORTEN HAUGLAND (Haugland Learning Center), BRYAN DROESCH (Haugland Learning Center), AMANDA FISHLEY (Haugland Learning Center )
Description: This workshop will present the behavior management system used at Haugland Learning Center (HLC), a school for students with autism. HLC's philosophy is to use a positive approach only, and participants in the workshop will get a brief introduction to how this philosophy impacts decisions on behavior management. The workshop will include introduction to the HLC classroom management model including the school-wide token economy system, "student teacher game," and other proactive approaches to managing problem behaviors. Participants will learn to set up classroom expectations and how to focus on reinforcing desired behaviors as means to reducing student problem behaviors. HLC will not use any "reactive" interventions including response cost or other forms of punishment procedures. Presenters will share how HLC uses data to decide when a student needs a behavior support plan over and above the school-wide token economy, and when to put an individual plan in place. Suggestions will be provided for how to create a plan in line with the "positives only" approach, and how HLC makes sure its staff members adhere to this philosophy.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to: (1) create classroom expectations for managing behaviors; (2) design a school-wide token economy system; and (3) use data to determinewhen to develop individual behavior plans.
Activities: Instructor presentation of key points of the workshop including sharing videos of effective classroom management. Participants will use handouts to create and share how to set up classroom expectations, as well as positives only behavior change plans. Participants will work together to outline and share a plan that could be implemented at their place of work.
Audience: Classroom teachers, staff working in educational settings, BCBAs, and BCaBAs working with individuals with autism or other disabilities.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Classroom management, Data-driven strategies, Pro-active approach, Token economy



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