Working With the Adults in the Classroom - Tailoring Your Support to Their Needs

Many professionals are asked to provide support and training to adults in the classroom including teachers, administrators, related service providers, mentors, instructional coaches, and consultants. Whether you are providing support and training to paraprofessionals as a teacher in the classroom or to the teacher and classroom staff as a consultant or coach from outside the classroom, every classroom and every situation is unique. Different adults have different learning styles and different needs. Some welcome feedback and seek out support and new ideas. Others are more resistant and have difficulty accepting new ideas. And each is at a different place in their journey of learning. In addition, you, as a consultant or practitioner, have your own style of approaching the consultation and support. This presentation will discuss strategies for conceptualizing educational professionals’ mindsets about receiving support. Based on those observations of their behavior, strategies will be outlined to help you tailor your approach to their set. In addition, discussion will include strategies for making decisions about allocating time based on how to create the most positive outcomes with for the most classrooms effectively with the most limited resource: time. Finally, the presentation will share strategies for addressing common roadblocks faced in working with classroom support situations.

From writing and podcasting at Autism Classroom Resources to creating teacher resources, Dr. Christine Reeve’s driving goal has always been about bringing special educators together and helping them serve their students in the best ways they can. With a doctorate in psychology and as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, she has spent the last 25 years working with a wide variety of special education programs as a behavior specialist, an administrator, university faculty, and primarily as a trainer and consultant. Chris has co-authored several books for special education teachers including Taming the Data Monster and Setting Up Classroom Spaces for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently the founder and director of Autism Classroom Resources & the Special Educator Academy.

  • Clearly define and list goals of an outcome-oriented approach to consultation in the classroom.
  • Discuss a framework of assessing classroom staff’s skills and mindsets as demonstrated by their behaviors and how they match up to potential consultation approaches.
  • Outline potential solutions for addressing common roadblocks met in classroom support situations.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is geared for anyone that mentors, coaches, or supervises staff in schools such as general and special education teachers, administrators, autism and behavior consultants, speech therapists, psychologists, and counselors. May also be of interest to family members.

Registration & Cost

  • The registration fee for this workshop is $30.00 (USD).
  • All registrations are processed online by Indiana University (IU) Conferences. You may pay with a credit card, check, or purchase order.
  • To access the Zoom meetings, a link will be sent to the email you use to register.
  • Please note – This is a virtual training using the Zoom webinar platform so you will need a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access the class.

All registrations are final. No money will be refunded.

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Additional Details

If you have questions about the workshop content, please contact Melissa Dubie at Registration payment questions should be directed to IU Conferences at 800-833-9330 or to Melissa Kocias at For additional information, contact Dr. Cathy Pratt at

For information on Consumer Education Funds for family members or individuals with disabilities in Indiana, see or call 317-232-7770.

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. Live transcript will be available during the training. If you have a request for alternative formats or other accommodations, please contact Claire Tafoya at with your request 3 weeks in advance.