Young Child Screaming
Behavior Interventions/Strategies

Most behavior is a form of communication.  When children (and adults) display problem behaviors they are trying to communicate a need or want.  Only by discovering what the true function of the behavior is, can we help give the student new, more appropriate means to communicate.  Because parents know their child better than anyone else, they are critical in the process for finding the behaviors function.  This session will explain the  Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the parents role in both the FBA and the Behavior Support Plan writing process.  Presenter: Rebecca Cain, South Dakota Department of Education. March 2019

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)...What It Is and What It Is Not  Offers strategies and resources regarding ABA.  Presenters: Lacy M. Knutson, M.S., BCBA; Kathleen B. Cook, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Tracy Stephens, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  Presentation Slides
Handout: What to Look for When Seeking a Qualified ABA Provider
Handout: How to Decide on a Provider
Handout: Additional ABA Resources and Links

Bridging the Behavior Intervention Plan From School To Home
  Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are common place for students who display challenging behavior that impacts learning. The plan may be effective in the educational setting, but what if behaviors in the home environment do not improve?  Learn strategies to apply  BIPs  across  environments.  Presenter: Lacy M. Knutson, M.S., BCBA, Training Associate/Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Center for Disabilities. Presentation Slides
Bridging the BIP to Home Handout

Visual Strategies
  The presentation will highlight visual strategies that can be used with individuals in early childhood through high school.  Visual strategies such as schedules, choice boards, boundary settings, task completion, behavior supports, power cards and social stories will be covered.  The presentation will include an explanation of the strategies, how to create the strategies and how to implement the strategies.  Presenter: Kim Dobson, Educator.  Visual Strategies Handouts
Picture Examples of Visual Strategy Tools

For educators or families, this intervention replaces interfering behaviors with more appropriate and effective communicative behavior. The FCT module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide learning. They also offer additional free online trainings at 

On demand webinars with topics related to school and students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other co-occurring conditions.

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