Course #4 Behavior & Special Needs Students


Wednesday- March 8, 2017

Course #4-  Building Blocks to Behavior Management: Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

by Ilene Schwartz, PhD, University of Washington (and assistants Kathleen Peterson, MEd, and Shelley Huntington, MS, University of Washington)

About the Speaker
schwartz 2015 copyIlene Schwartz, PhD
, is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW.  She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D).  Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions.  She has had consistent research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990 and serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention.  Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997; and is currently involved in research projects examining the efficacy of the Project DATA model with toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Kathleen Peterson and Shelley Huntington, doctoral students at the University of Washington will be assisting Dr. Schwartz during the course presentation.  Disclosure: Financial- Dr. Schwartz receives financial compensation from the University of Washington. Nonfinancial-There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers , Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Principals/Administrators, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: PreK through 4th Grade

Course Description: Dealing with challenging behaviors is one of the issues that educators find most taxing in their jobs.  The purpose of this course is to help educators think about challenging behaviors in a manner that will help them design classrooms and implement instructional strategies to facilitate student success.  In the past two decades the field of special education learned a lot about the function that challenging behavior serves in the lives of students.  Understanding this function is the key to designing effective classroom management strategies.  In this course participants will learn practical and effective strategies for addressing challenging behaviors and teaching appropriate behaviors to students in their classrooms.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Define challenging behavior
  • Describe the functions that challenging behavior serves in the lives of students
  • Describe strategies to assess the function of challenging behavior
  • Describe the ABC pattern of behavior
  • List 5 strategies to change antecedents
  • List 5 strategies to change consequences


8:00-9:00            Basics of applied behavior analysis and its use in the classroom
9:00-10:00          Introduction to the ABC Pattern of Behavior
10:00-10:15        Break
10:15-11:00        Understanding and Identifying the function of behavior
11:00-12:00        Changing antecedents
12:00-1:00          Lunch- On your own
1:00-2:00            Changing consequences
2:00-2:45            Data based decision making
2:45-3:00            Break
3:00-4:00            Putting it together in practice
4:00                    Complete program evaluations