Methods of Preventing Challenging Behavior

If you’re an educator, you have likely experienced challenging behavior to some degree. Crying, screaming, flopping to the floor, and refusal to comply are common examples. Set your classroom up for success by learning easy-to-implement strategies to prevent challenging behavior from occurring during instruction, downtime, transitions and after reward time. Setting up clear expectations and providing additional structure are among the strategies discussed. At the conclusion of this 50-minute webinar, you will be provided a copy of the presentation, along with helpful downloadable tools.


Identify ways to enhance structure and predictability in a classroom setting
Learn the framework to set up classroom expectations, both general and specific
Take away strategies that lead to a more positive learning environment

ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start?

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects nearly 16% of school aged kids in the U.S.. Shockingly, in children with autism, the prevalence rate skyrockets to 75% to 90%. Although this condition affects tens of millions of children around the world, there is a scarcity of healthcare professionals with expertise to effectively treat this condition.

ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start? Angela Sallerson, OTR/L and Amanda Fishley, BCBA will provide students with foundational knowledge of sensory processing. The training will introduce students to the Ready Approach, an effective methodology created by Bonnie Hanschu, an intervention framework that incorporates sensory strategies throughout the day to generate better outcomes.

Using a scenario-based format, we will review common sensory related behaviors from a behavior analytic and an OT perspective to discuss a blended-model approach.

Target Audience: Parents, Educators, BCBAs, SLPs, OTs, Psychologists

Learning Outcomes:

  • Guidelines on how to recognize and address sensory related challenges
  • Learn to identify behaviors that may be related to sensory processing issues
  • Identify and interpret challenging behaviors driven by sensory needs
  • Differentiate four sensory processing problems and the red flags associated with each (using the Ready Approach perspective)
  • Prioritize sensory needs and the order in which they should be addressed
  • Learn strategies to help individuals who avoid touching or resist movement (Defensiveness)
  • Identify and learn strategies to help calm individuals who are upset or overly aroused (Modulation)
  • Identify and learn strategies to help overly active sensory seekers (Registration)
  • Identify and learn practical, effective strategies to use in home, school and center-based settings
  • Learn the basic framework of collaboration between OTRs and BCBAs when working with a child with dual diagnosis of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder exhibiting behavior and the sequence/approach to intervention.

ABCs of Functional Behavior Assessment


An essential part of developing effective behavior interventions to treat problem behavior is identifying when, where and why of behavior. This webinar will provide students with a basic framework that can be used to conduct simple, yet effective Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs). FBA is a procedure used to collect valuable information to identify root causes of problem behavior, a critical element to developing effective Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).

This 1 ½ hour course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge, a prerequisite for our new series, Practical and Hands-on Approach to Conducting Effective Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs).

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain an understanding of what a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is and why it’s used
  • Gain overall understanding of common FBA procedures
  • Learn how to select and define target behaviors
  • Learn how to collect information on target behaviors using indirect and direct assessment methods
  • Understand how FBA results can be used to develop interventions to address mild to moderate problem behaviors (i.e., behaviors not dangerous to student or others)
  • To enhance the learning experience, this training will incorporate real case studies and include practical tools and resource materials.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Overview

This webcast provides an overview of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and discusses the various approaches used in dealing with the different symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This webcast is perfect for those seeking to learn the basics of ABA such as parents of newly diagnosed children, special education teachers, and anyone else who loves and provides care for these children under the autism spectrum.

What is Autism?

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Topics include:

• Characteristics of Autism

• Deficits that occur in Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Autism diagonis

• Methods of Applied Behavior Analysis

Social Work Ethics

This 120-minute recorded webcast provides a history of social work ethics with implications for modern day practice. As history shows and we will review, social work’s concern with ethics spans four major, sometimes overlapping, periods: 1) the morality period, 2) the values period, 3) the ethical theory and decision-making period, and 4) the ethical standards and risk management period. We study how understanding our history allows us to best apply ethical standards today.

Psychopharmacology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

This 100-minute webinar will provide non-medical professionals with knowledge on the use of psychotropic medicines in ASD and allow them to answer questions such as: How do these medicines work? When and why should they be considered? How do we monitor their effects? What works in children and adolescents with ASD?

  •     Basic pharmacological processes
  •     Principles of use of psychotropic medicines
  •     Prevalence of use of psychotropic medicines in ASD
  •     Different classes of psychotropic medicines such as stimulants, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antispychotics, antiepileptics, and anxiolytics
  •     Monitoring and measuring the effects of medicines

The Great 8 for SLPs and ASD

This 120-minute recorded webcast will explore the topic area necessary for speech-language pathologists to possess in order to provide effective and evidenced-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.

In this webcast, we will review the following teaching methodologies:

1. Behavior-based intervention
2. Collaboration within a multi-disciplinary team
3. Use of visual supports
4. Incorporating sensory strategies

Upon completion of The Great 8 for SLPs and ASD, participants will be able to:

1. List at least 6 areas of knowledge needed to provide intervention for an individual with ASD.
2. Discuss multiple tools for assessment.
3. Identify multiple resources for intervention supports both web-based and in print.

Creating and Interpreting Graphs for Behavior Analysts

This 120-minute webinar will provide an overview of the importance of visual analysis in the field of behavior analysis, discussing how and when to utilize different types of graphs, and provide practice in creating graphs using Microsoft® Excel.
Upon completion of Creating and Interpreting Graphs for Behavior Analysts participants will:

1. Identify different types of graphs and their usage
2. Learn to create a multiple baseline graph using Microsoft® Excel
3. Learn to create scatter plot graphs using Microsoft® Excel

Toilet Training 101: How to Get Started

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This training is only 60-minutes in length and designed to provide you with practical tips and techniques that you can implement immediately after our training sessions.

During this training, you will learn:

  • How to get started: How to create a simple plan, deciding a method, and gathering supplies
  • Review common toileting methods
  • How to establish a “bathroom routine”
  • Key ABA techniques: how to create simple visual supports (visual schedule), how to use rewards (reinforcements), teaching a child how to request (manding)
  • How to establish a “bathroom routine;”
  • Focusing on the “long way” procedures for toilet training


Downloadable Tools:

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