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Free CEU Event: Adventures In Special Education: Problems With The Players! Merrill Winston, BCBA-D
Friday, July 19, 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
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Adventures In Special Education: Problems With The Players!
Merrill Winston, BCBA-D

Date: July 19, 2024 10:00 - 11:30am ET
1.5 BACB CEUs - Free for FABA Members - $20 for Nonmembers
Sponsored by the Educational Workgroup of the FABA Public Policy Committee

Achieving behavior change is a group effort. It isn’t accomplished solely by the behavior analyst, and even the teacher cannot typically change behavior alone. It is a group effort. Certainly, some people will have a greater impact than others, but to get the fastest and most durable change, we all have to be on the same page. Of course, the page itself needs to be written properly, because everybody agreeing on the wrong things does nothing for the child except provide “ineffective consistency.” There are a number of players when it comes to behavior change in school settings. We must account for not only the contingencies operating on the student/client, but those operating on ourselves as clinicians, the teachers, the paraprofessionals, the parents (and sometimes the parents’ attorney), the IEP teams, and the administrators. These are the major “players” in the education-based behavior change game. This presentation focuses on some problems that can occur among those players and how to detect and avoid them when working in educational settings.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to list at least two common problems and how to avoid them for each “player” in the behavior change “game.”
  2. Participants will be able to describe what it means to discover the “pain” experienced by the school staff at various levels and how this can affect behavior change if not addressed.
  3. Participants will be able explain to an IEP team the importance of clear and functional behavioral goals stated in terms of acquisition, not avoidance.
  4. Participants will be able to explain the concepts of malice and incompetence and how to avoid these possible parental perceptions.
  5. Participants will be able to describe how the administrative attitude about the school’s role in behavior change can make or break treatment efforts in the classroom.
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