When Behavior Interferes with Learning: Strategies for Understanding Challenging Behaviors and Supporting Positive Change
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D and
Betty Lou Rowe, M.Ed.
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D and
Betty Lou Rowe, M.Ed.
If you work with students who have challenging or difficult behaviors (regardless of their diagnostic label)
this workshop may be relevant for you.
In Collaboration with Greater Lafayette Area Special Services, Zionsville Community Schools, School Town of Munster, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and East Central Indiana Special Services and Union County Schools
The goal of this full-day workshop is to provide affordable and localized training for those working with students who engage in challenging behaviors. It is relevant for certified and non-certified staff, including general and special educators, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, behavior consultants, administrators, and interested others. Content is practical, based on ongoing experience in the field, and addresses students across grade levels with various disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum who have co-occurring mental health challenges. The outcome is for attendees to walk away with ideas that are both evidence-based and can be implemented immediately. Many of these strategies work with students without disabilities as well. Specifically, as a result of the training, participants will gain knowledge and skills related to:
- Assessing and de-escalating crisis situations when they occur (Tier 3 approaches);
- Gaining a better understanding of factors (e.g., setting events, antecedents, consequences) which enhance/create behavioral issues, including the role of trauma, stress and the neurology of behavior;
- Developing behavior intervention plans that address the whole child and acknowledge the importance of teaching resilience, self-regulation and other skills;
- Utilizing strategies for reducing opportunities for problematic behaviors, including promoting student success and creating a positive learning environment (Tier 1 and 2); and
- Working in collaboration with families and with other community members.
Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism located at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Most recently, Dr. Pratt has become the director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, and in the past served as chair of the Board of the national Autism Society. Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society. In addition, she is a member of the National Autism Leadership Collaboration. She also served as a member of the expert working group on services and as a member of the public review committee for the Research Roadmap of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and in 2010 was invited to the White House to provide feedback on the president’s initiatives on autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Pratt has been honored by the Autism Society with the Individual Achievement Award, with the 2005 Princeton Fellowship Award, and with various awards through NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc.), including recognition from the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. Dr. Pratt was the Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. In 2016, Dr. Pratt was awarded with the Charles Heineman Allied Professional Award through the Indiana Psychological Association.
Betty Lou Rowe, M.Ed., is an educational consultant for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA), which includes project manager for behavior consultants. Her responsibilities include identifying resources disseminated via Google Drive, facilitating the listserv, conducting regional trainings and organizing regional meetings. Through the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI), she is collaborating with Bring Change to Mind in order to create mental health stigma clubs in high schools across the Hoosier state. Betty Lou presents on topics which include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), understanding ASD, challenging behaviors and the FBA process, developing supports (sensory, behavior, communication, & instructional) and peer-to-peer program development. She also supports districts and schools who identify areas of need where additional training is necessary to best impact student success.
Dates & Locations - Regional Workshops
9/18/2019 - Lafayette
Durgan Elementary School, 1840 S 18th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905
10/8/2019 - Zionsville
Zionsville Educational Service Center, 900 S Mulberry Street, Zionsville, IN 46077
10/30/2019 - Munster
Munster High School, 8808 Columbia Avenue, Munster, IN 46321
Southern Indiana Career & Tech Center, 1901 Lynch Road Evansville, IN 47711
11/14/2019 - Liberty
Union County High School, 410 Patriot Boulevard, Liberty, IN 47353
The registration fee is $70. Payment is by credit card or purchase order only. The workshops are scheduled from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (all local times), with check-in beginning at 8:30 am. Breakfast and lunch will be on your own.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is geared for professionals, paraprofessionals and interested others who work in early childhood settings, general and special education settings, and community programs that work with students/children who have behavioral challenges. This applies to all who are working with individuals who engage in behavioral difficulties whether or not they have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, and who work at any grade level.
Consumer Investment Funds
For information on Consumer Investment Funds for family members or individuals with disabilities in Indiana, see the Indiana Governor's Planning Council for Persons with Disabilities website (http:/www.in.gov/gpcpd/2328.htm) or call 317-232-7770.
Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of attendance for 6 instructional hours will be available for free and can be used for Professional Growth Plan points. Type II ABA credits for BCBAs will also be available at no cost.
How to Register and links
All registrations are processed online by Indiana University Conferences. You will receive an email acknowledgement of payment—that email is your confirmation and receipt. Please keep it for your records and reimbursement purposes. To register, use the link below. You will be provided with the list of regional workshops that we are offering this fall, and you will select the specific workshop you wish to attend from the list.
If you have questions about the workshop content, please contact Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-855-6508. Registration questions should be directed to Indiana University Conferences at 800-933-9330 or to Melissa at email@example.com.
The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you have questions about accessibility, or have a request for alternative formats or other accommodations, please contact Julia Hillenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 812-855-6508 with your request at least three weeks in advance of the event.