October 17, 2018
9am - 3pm
SMSU Conference Center
Keynote: Lessons Learned: ABA in Education
Presenter: Corey Robertson, MS, BCBA
I started my career in 1998 as a special education teacher in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida with no background in education and no prior teaching experience. I was placed in a classroom with 3rd and 4th graders with emotional and behavioral disorders and left to “sink or swim”! After four years of teaching elementary and middle school children with various exceptionalities, I left to become a behavior analyst. Only then did I realize how unprepared I had been for the various requirements of teaching children with special needs, and as a behavior analyst, I learned the skills I needed to help these children be successful. Let me share with you some of the things I wished I’d known as a teacher, and give you some tools that you can use, no matter what grade level you teach or what challenges your students may face!
Afternoon Sessions - Paraprofessional Track
Session 1: 12:30pm - 2pm - Power of the 3 Ps
Presenter: Hazel Ashbeck
This training will focus on several efficient practice strategies (i.e., prevent, prime & practice) that reduce the occurrence of challenging behavior. The best part is, these strategies can be implemented within a matter of seconds! Adding a few simple preventative strategies to your toolbox will greatly increase the number of opportunities students have to practice positive behavior, while limiting the likelihood of challenging behavior - resulting in expedited behavior change!
Session 2:15pm - 3:30pm: First Responders: The Critical Role of Paraprofessionals in the Classroom
Presenter: Corey Robertson
Paraprofessionals hold a critical role in the classroom, with the opportunity to establish strong relationships with students, & to be the first in line of defense against challenging behaviors. In addition, paraprofessionals may often be charged with one of the most important aspects of the Behavior Intervention Plan, the data collection! This presentation will cover some basic strategies to establish & sustain relationships with students, how to manage unexpected behaviors that may come up, & how to collect data that will support informed decision making
Afternoon Session - Teacher/Certified Staff Track - 12:30pm -3:30pm
Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions that Match the Behavior Needs of Your Students: Strategies for Students, Classrooms & Schools
Presenter: Kevin Filter
50+ years of research has identified many evidence-based practices that can & should be implemented in schools. Further, recent research has highlighted the value of positive behavioral interventions over punitive & reactive approaches to managing behavior. This presentation will focus on a few efficient, positive, robust & preventative interventions that can be implemented in classrooms & across settings in a school as well as process of matching the intervention to the level of student behavior need. Topics covered include, schoolwide PBIS, classwide interventions & interventions for students at-risk.