San Diego Course #8 – Reaching and Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance


Thursday- May 3, 2018    8:00am-4:00pm

Course #8  -Reaching and Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance

by Rebecca A. Moyes, MEd, Grade Point Resources, Leechburg, PA

About the Speaker

photoRebecca A. Moyes, MEd is a former general education teacher in public and private schools. She has served on Pennsylvania Governor Ridge’s Task Force for Autism and was a member of the PA SAFE Project for Verbal Behavior. She is the author of six books for educators who teach students with special needs. She holds a master’s in teaching and curriculum with an emphasis on special needs children. She also holds an autism certificate in PA and advanced training in applied behavior analysis. She has trained educators and parents in 43 states and in Canada. In 2009, Rebecca was charged with the task of creating a new autism model for a private school in Pittsburgh for students with significant impairment. She now serves as consultant to four school districts in the Pittsburgh area for students with emotional disturbance, as well as for students with autism and/or severe behaviors. Recently, she has implemented four extended school year programs in various school districts Dis- closure: Financial – Rebecca is the Executive Director for Grade Point Resources, receives speaking and consulting fees, and royalties for her publications from Jessica Kingsley and Future Horizons. Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, School Psychologists, Principals/Administrators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Autism Specialists, Case Managers, Social Workers, Behavior Specialists, Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Course Description:  Students with emotional disturbance provide many challenges for educators. Knowing when to qualify a student for special education, as well as what goals and interventions to put in place, are often areas of concern. In cases where students have aggressive behaviors, special considerations are often necessary for their peers to feel safe in the classroom, as well as the adults that work with these students. Many students with emotional disturbance also struggle academically; in fact, sometimes the root of their disturbance stems from not having their academic needs met. Kids today are dealing with challenges within their families that many educators do not have experience with (example: drug and alcohol addiction, relationship stressors, criminal activity, trauma, and poverty). This seminar will provide awareness of emotional disturbance in the school setting, outline ways that schools can support this population, strategies to develop effective IEPs, and practical strategies to assist these students to learn replacement skills.

What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

•  List the three factors under IDEA to qualify a student for special education services under the category of emotional disturbance

•  Describe various school services that can be provided for students as related services

•  Discuss the functions of behavior as they relate to emotional disturbance

•  Write examples of IEP goals to teach replacement skills

•  Write positive behavior support plans to support difficult behaviors

•  Design intervention strategies to address a student with aggressive behavior

•  List several ways to assist a student with stress and/or anger management